What Would You Do??

What Would You Do if you suddenly realized that you had just few minutes of your life left to live?
Did you ever find yourself wondering about it when a friend jokingly asked you this?
I found myself brainstorming over this today evening.
What would I do if I suddenly realized that I had just few finite minutes left to live?

My mind – the cauldron is suddenly brimming with so many thoughts. Hundreds of them performing a quick marathon. Shouting for my attention. Trying to press their importance.

I sit watching through the eyes of my mind, the numerous thoughts that race up. Comprising mostly of desires of the heart.
Undisclosed unprofessed unfulfilled desires.
So many they are. And I’m stuck.
So little time. Which ones do i address? Which ones do i ignore?

But I ask YOU. What would YOU do? What?

Would you confide in someone a dark secret that you’ve kept buried inside all along?
Would you take that time to forgive someone for what wrong they did to you?

Would you free your heart of the burden of grudges against someone?
Would you ask forgiveness for having hurt someone?

Would you attempt to do a deed of gratitude?
Would you confess to someone that you’ve loved them with all your heart?

Would you pray for a distressed soul?
Would you just lie and relive the happy moments that defined your life?

Would you thank God for the life he gave you?
Would you curse fate for everything that didn’t turn out the way you wanted?

Lastly, would you want to wear a smile or a frown on your face those last minutes?

What would you do? Rather what ALL would you do?

Will not the anxiety kill you for not having sufficient time to accomplish all that your heart desires in the last few minutes of your life?


I know; I do know, it nothing but sounds ridiculous.
Absolutely ludicrous some might say! But isn’t it true?
Life is unpredictable as it is. So why not live it while on the go?
Why not do all of those things NOW, while we have ample time to be at it?
Why is it that we always wait for the right time?

If anything, the right time is THIS. It is NOW. The PRESENT.
For instance, if I cannot tell you now,
how much I appreciate your presence in my life,
what is the point in waiting till the D day?

What I really feel is, it is better to live with this idea everyday.

We might as well not leave
Many important words unsaid, many important things undone, many important dreams unrealized.

So, here, my friend, I ask of you again. What would you do??

-Asha Seth

27 thoughts on “What Would You Do??

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  1. Profound subject last moments of you life what would you do?…ok… I would use it to confirm my love to my family and use the time too thank my God for the life I have lived nor waste time mourning about missed opportunities but thankful for the wonderful moments I experienced and the kindness and forgiveness I have been shown.


  2. I think I would just go for a ride, reminiscing everything I have ever done…
    Intriguing post, Asha. Nice of you to give us something to think about. πŸ™‚
    – Manu


    1. After so long it is I heard from you Manu. Hope you are well.
      And yes, that’s another task added to my last-minute-list – Hop on the bike and take a long ride to memory-lane. πŸ™‚


  3. Beautiful, Dear Asha! You covered a lot of the thoughts for the whole world! What would I do? I would probably sit tight, breath a bit and close my eyes… πŸ˜‰
    Happy New Year 2013!


    1. You are such a sweetheart, always. Which reminds me that I haven’t posted on the awards yet. Do it tonite, I will. Thanks so much sweety! πŸ™‚


  4. Good that you thought about it so early in life ! I keep thinking about it time and again and try to live with the thought that today might be my last. And the fall out is always feel – there is so much I still need to do – so much left to do and so little time. I feel let down all those days when I have not achieved something in my bucket list – and that includes little things too – like making at least one person smile – close of little known, even unknown. Every day in our life is a gift, given to us to make use of it to its fullest. Did I lie down and taken time off to have a lazy chat with my son? that too is something in my list ! And thank god that I have been allowed to live one more day to fulfill my dreams !


    1. That is a difficult situation to spend each day with. A rather harsh feeling to live with. I hope you have achieved everything you aim for and live maybe more than a hundred years Horus. πŸ™‚


  5. Though we have come across these questions many times, we still keep deferring the answer. I think it is good that you pose this question to again give people a chance to think and do, not lament later. As for me, I put up a list of a few things I would like to do inside my cupboard. Every time I open it I see it. I am happy to say that I have managed to tick-off one item on that list.


  6. I think I would first say goodbye to my kids then, if it was the case, tell someone how much I loved them by phoning them and talking to them for the rest of my time


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