It’s 4am on a Wednesday morning. All i can think of is how transient life is. I say this all the time, but never understood how true those words are – life is transient. Like everyone else, I’ve had my share of grief – said said “cheers” to a friend on Saturday morning, and attended his funeral later that day. A planned meeting with someone, but the aircraft bringing her home never landed. Still, I’ve never been jolted like this. Yesterday, I saw how fragile life is. The struggle, the arguments, the quest for self actualization; they all disappear in a moment.
One minute, she was with us, providing numbers to aid strategy formualation. A plate of chicken wings and gizzard was beside her computer, to refill for a final session before we closed. The next minute, she sought permission to go to the bathroom. Five minutes later, she was gone; only that we didn’t know. Just like that, a human departs. Gone without the dreams, the million dollar cheque, the laughter and squabbles with friends and foes alike; all left behind. There were days I put her under pressure, to deliver the numbers needed to run my business. She always came through, each time with that trademark smile. Even yesterday, her laptop remained open with dozens of excel sheets running. We wake up each day like robots, and assume the day will end with us as part of the world. One day it will not.
Elbert Hubbard said,”the graveyards are full of people the world could not do without.” Truer words have not been told.
My friend died yesterday. It taught me three things – Thank God (or who/whatever you believe in) for every day. Spend most of your time with those that love you. Do epic shit.
Peace and love.