Tomorrow is an Illusion

Tomorrow is an Illusion

March 19, 2017 0 By Aval Sethi

Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today, is what everyone says. And I agree mostly. Yet I procrastinate so often. Like most people alive, it comes really easily to me! But there’s one thing I don’t procrastinate about, and that is …………………………. living Life!

Life is far too precious for me to put off to tomorrow. But I did try mind you. Many years ago, I convinced myself that there are a million other things more important today than living my life. And I promised myself that I would live life to the fullest…………… tomorrow! And I waited…………… and waited…………… and waited. But tomorrow never came! While I was busy working and worrying and fire-fighting, Life kept waiting for me.

As I moved jobs, gained more experience, managed larger profiles, climbed up the career ladder ……………………  tomorrow kept fading away from me. I had more work, more responsibilities, more challenges and more stress to deal with.

“When I get a long vacation, I’ll find my space”, “When I have more money, I’ll be happy”, “What good is a solo Sunday? – When I get a long weekend, I’ll relax”…………………………… In my anticipation for tomorrow, today became a big disappointment.

But not for long. I finally ran out of patience. I decided, tomorrow is not worth waiting for.

Maybe tomorrow will be less stressful, more peaceful. Maybe tomorrow the weather will be just fine. Maybe tomorrow my boss’s mood will be much better, maybe I can even finish work at 5.30! Maybe or maybe not.

What I do know is that today I Can live my life. There’s no maybe in that. So I shifted my maybe from the ‘when’ to the ‘what’. And I realized there are so many things I could do today. Maybe I can call up an old friend. Maybe I can buy a bouquet for my wife. Maybe I can dance with my daughter. Or maybe I can just relax with music or go and talk to myself at the beach.

I have lived every day of my life as if it were my FIRST day but I have also lived it as if it was my LAST. There are many people who scoff at me for having such a belief, they say “why think of death?” but hey who’s talking of death?? I’m talking of Life! That’s my way of reminding myself, how precious life is.

So live your life today, while it lasts. Do something today, you promised to do tomorrow. Call your mom and thank her for bringing you into this world. Send an ‘I Love You’ SMS to your wife. Think of a person you hate and forgive him in your mind. Or like I do eat one chocolate muffin for every good thing you did today! Or if you insist on working like a madman, do it, if that’s your idea of living Life. Do whatever but do it today, as long as you love doing it.

Well so long, I’m ending this post now. Got tons of things to do. Haven’t had enough of Life, today, you see! And I value my today. I really do. That’s the only reality that exists in my life. Tomorrow is an illusion.