My dear friends, it was the first of the year and I was checking my Skype ID. Out of the technological blue popped up a message suggesting to wish happy birthday to few of my contacts. This for sure at times is a life-saving technology wherein you are alerted and you save yourself from missing out on wishing a close one on their special day. So I started typing my messages and posting them one by one.
As I was doing so, impetuously something caught my view and I became frozen still, everything became bleak in front of my eyes, and I could hear no noise around. All this in my experience for some brief moments as a name of a contact and the photo showed up. Yes, it was a photo of my colleague, which triggered all these experiences. While going through these emotions and remembrance of the past, I could remember what an amazing guy he used to be.
Yes you read it correct, he used to be. He was just 34 and I clearly remember wishing him happy birthday and convincing him to throw a party last year. But this year he is no more! He was a jolly good fellow and loved to be around his friends and family. Never hesitated to have a good time and was an absolute foodie. But just a month ago he breathed his last breath after fighting the coma for almost a month and half, due to being severely affected by dengue.
Now when the message suddenly popped up to wish him happy birthday, I was taken aback because he was no more. Amidst of all this, I could remember him being so enthusiast about the future. Due to his food habits he was always weighed towards the heavier side and on every New Year Eve would plan to workout and shed some kilos. He had so many aspirations, so many dreams, and so many plans about his life. He wanted to travel the world, help the downtrodden, take care of his closed ones, but he never acted on those.
He thought there was always a new year ahead and he can start working on those dreams. Although those do not matter any more, but my question is how many of us are just running with the same idea that there is always a new year where we can start working on living our dreams. Now let me be a little upfront on your face and ask you this:
You have partied hard and surely must have created some memories to cherish, but the question is, now what? The year has changed the dates have changed, but have you? You might have come up with loads of resolutions, but will you keep those self-made promises or allow them to fade away into the thin chilled air? You have postponed so many dreams last year with self-assurance that you will fulfill those in the New Year, have you? At least have you started working on those or are those still lying dormant in the closet of your thoughts?
My dear friend I might be sounding a little bit harsh, but I do so because I consider you as my friend. From this entire experience I have taken up the task of my life much more seriously and I am going to live every moment as my last. The things that I have been postponing to the future are on my top priority list now because who knows someone might just be looking at the Skye contact list some day and I might have been a history by that time. So I have mustered all my courage, with all sincerity, and with absolute certainty started working on my dreams.
What about you? Will you start working on your dreams right away or just wait for another New Year?