If I had only 12 months to live, how would I live it?

I know that this may sound a little morbid but I just read this over the blog of Bo Sanchez. Come to think of it, it’s actually true. Sometimes, we take for granted the things that we have right now because we know that it’ll always be there. There really is some truth to the words – “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.”

This is probably something that I’ve learned already. That’s why I’m probably grateful for a lot of things in my life. And this is something that I would want people to learn – to be grateful for even the small things in their lives.

This article also encouraged me to list down the following: “What 10 things should I do in the next 30 days – if they were my last?”

I know that knowing me, I wouldn’t be able to do all of them. But yes, I would still try to do them. I have soo many excuses as to why I wouldn’t be able to do them but let’s see. Probably, I wouldn’t be able to do them in the next 30 days but hopefully this year, I would be able to fulfill them.

1.)   Tell my parents that I love them.

I always tell my mom that I love her but unfortunately, I don’t tell my dad that I love him. I actually don’t know why? When I was still small I used to be a Daddy’s girl but then I don’t know what changed. Probably, when I was growing up there were just some things that you can’t tell your dad? It’s “nakakahiya” so I guess that was the time when we kinda drifted apart. I know it’s sad but I have always told myself time and again to spend some time to talk to him but I just don’t know how. Anyway, one fine day, I’m sure I will find out how.

2.)   Teach my sister to be more patient. 😛

My sister and my mom are both stubborn people and I think they’re too much alike that they lose patience. I for one (I think) am a very patient person. And if there’s one thing that I would like to impart to them, it would be for me to teach them the art of patience. That there are some things that we should just let go. Hear out and then let go. Think before we speak. Evaluate before we react.

3.)   Spend more time with my grandparents.

I don’t have living direct grandparents anymore and if I could turn back time, I would have spent more time with them. Talking to them. Understanding them. And knowing what they think about things and hopefully for them to impart to me some wisdom that they’ve discovered through their living years. Now, the only closest people to grandparents that I have are my grandaunt and granduncle who I am thankfully able to spend much time with. But still, I’d want to spend more time to them.

4.)   Meet up with my high school friends.

I have been MIA (missing in action) since college and I know that I have to meet up with them. It’s just that there’s always something that is up. Probably a conflict in schedule or no way to go meet up with them. I know that I’ve missed a lot on the barkada and I have to make it up to them. One day soon. But I am thankful that my friends are understanding. That even if I don’t see them that much, whenever I talk to them, they don’t treat me differently.

5.)   Meet up with my college friends – the IT Marias.

I actually have lots of friends but the college friends that I am talking about are those people whom I’ve spent my IT life with. They have been my groupmates, my girlfriends since college. And although most of us are busy with our own lives, we would see each other once in awhile if there’s a wedding or a children’s party. It’s just that we need to meet up more often!

6.)   Meet up with the girls in my circle.

The girls in my circle are the girls that I  meet often. They are the people I travel with. We also don’t see each other regularly because of conflicts in schedule but I’d like to meet up with them more often and plan a trip again with them. Unfortunately, there are no planned trips yet for this year. BOO!

7.)   Meet up with FSS friends.

The FSS friends are the friends that I “grew” up with after college. It was with them when I transitioned from being a college fresh-grad to an adult. So every little thing that happened to me – heartbreaks, promotions, stress and happy moments – were shared with them. That’s probably why I treasure them soo much. And since we aren’t in the same team anymore, we don’t get to hangout with each other anymore. But I know that if given the time and opportunity, we would see each other more often.

8.)   Create a plan for people at work to follow in case that I die, they wont be lost.

I know that this is such a nerdy entry but you know work is very important to me. And I’ve worked so hard to stabilize the team that I am currently in right now and so I don’t want them to feel lost if and when I’m gone. So better yet, create a plan for them to follow and hand it over to them properly.

9.)   Rest and enjoy the little things in life.

Rarely do I have time to be just with myself and think. There’s always soo much noise around me. And it would be nice to have a day off just alone. Free to do whatever you want with no one telling you what to do or what your schedule is like. Nice way to think about everything that’s going on in your life and think about what to do.

10.) Go to Boracay.

Yes, I just had to add this. Yes, I do love this place. And if I could go there every month, I would. Just too costly though!

So with that, I bid you a Happy 2014! Wishing you would create the same list and realize what’s important to you and what you should be grateful for!

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