As I stand in the neo-natal unit, watching over my premature baby cousin in his incubator, I look around and feel so very temporary. This is the place where we are born, most of us take our first breaths within these walls and most of us also take our last breaths here. Standing somewhere between the two ends of the spectrum, I see the value of time for the first time in a long time. So many thoughts run through my mind, the first of which is how lucky and blessed we are that our beautiful boy is alive and healthy.
Before the birth, things were not looking good and doctors said there was a high chance that only the mother would survive. Science was telling us, that this baby who was 12 weeks too early, was too underdeveloped to come out of the complicated birth alive. And then God interceded, the baby was born, with his underdeveloped lungs, his hands not even formed, but fighting to live. This was something that I truly believe was no coincidence, we were being reminded of God’s ultimate and divine greatness. And yes, every day is still a battle to live but every day that we have him for is another beautiful and blessed day. So as I watch over him, and see him grow a little every day Alhamdullilah (Praise be to God) I count myself so very lucky, and think about all the blessings I have been showered with.
I thought a lot about the idea of plans. The way his parents had planned for him to come home in 9 months, and the idea of the future they had created with him. And then suddenly, the ‘future’ had been shattered and they were forced to face the present. When I related it to my own life, I realised that we all do this, sometimes we just think about the future and plan our lives ahead, without knowing what lies tomorrow. Maybe, we have missed moments in our present lives, because we were too busy thinking ahead. I know I’ve done this and I regret that very much. But I don’t want to leave this world with regrets, nobody does.
So I guess it’s time to bite the bullet, and live for today. To do the things we always say we will do tomorrow. So let’s not wait for a future that may never come. Live life today, pray today instead of tomorrow, smile today, make up with that friend or family member you argued with, go and see your friend whose sick, go and climb the mountain you always wanted to, read the book you said you’d leave until next week, call the person you haven’t spoken to in a while and tell them how much you are missing them, marry the person you love if you are ready, but whatever your situation in life is, don’t wait until tomorrow to live. Because no matter how much we may plan, we simply don’t know what tomorrow may bring.