"To die tomorrow was no worse than dying any other day. Every day is there to be lived or to mark one's departure from this earth." The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho.
The Alchemist is a book that tells the story of a young shepherd boy from Spain who went on an adventure through the Sahara desert en route to the Pyramids. He came to the realisation, while in a life-or-death situation in the desert, that to die tomorrow was no worse than dying any other day. Every day is there to be lived or to mark one's departure from this earth.
This brings me to the question: If I die tomorrow, what will be written in my tribute?
What would you want to have written in your tribute?
What will your loved ones remember about you?
Will your community miss you?
Will your colleagues want to add to your tribute?
We often read tributes of people who have lost their lives, and thanks to Covid these stories are even more abundant. I have recently read about a very remarkable 85-year-old adventurer who has departed for Higher Duty. Miems Swanepoel has climbed Kilimanjaro at the age of 60 and at 70 she climbed to the first base camp of Mount Everest. She has been involved in numerous charitable organisations, amongst which included welcoming immigrants to South Africa by taking them for hiking trips into the Cederberg or on Orange River trips. A seemingly ordinary woman who has lived an extraordinary life.
Do we live each day to its full potential?
Are we making a difference in someone else's life?
Are we following our dream or have we given up on our dream a long time ago?
Do you still know what your dream is or was?
What will be written in your tribute after you have passed away?
What will your family and friends remember about you?
Pablo Picasso once said: "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."
The reality is that no one is perfect and that we all procrastinate on those important things that we need to do.
It might be worthwhile to take some time out to relook at where you want to be and how you plan on getting there.
Below are some articles that will hopefully inspire you:
Whatever you have done up until now, remember the words of Mary W Shelly:
"The beginning is always today."