If I were to leave this world tomorrow…

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My friend, Vinodini Iyer shared a post today about what she would do if she were to discover that today was the last day of her life. It got me thinking along the same lines. Of course, I know that someday will be my last day on this planet, and knowing how uncertain Life can be, it might just be tomorrow! Well, you never know, do you?

So, even though I have thought about what I would do if I were to discover that Life would be ending on a particular day, I haven’t put it down in as many words, yet. The thoughts have been saved and the plan’s all ready, up there, in my mind, but reading Vinodini’s post inspired me to put those thoughts down on my blog, not for any other reason than to remind myself every day that Life is nearing its end , so, lady, you need to change a few things about yourself and learn to chill…a bit!

So, here goes, my to-do list for the day I bid adieu:

  1. The very first thing I would do is call up my parents. God, just thinking about how they would react to reading this post gives me a fair idea of how they would react if…So, let me reword it: I would call up my family–every person of the entire family– and have a heart to heart chat with them all. Joke with my gang of cousins and share a few dirty jokes one last time so that I leave with a big smile on my face, and theirs, too.
  2. Next, I would call the few friends who matter to me, a lot. It will be one of those emotionally draining experiences, but it’s what I would want to do. We hardly get the time to talk to each other every day as much as we would like to. And, they are well aware of it, but I still need to tell them how much I love them, how much they mean to me.
  3. There are a few things that I cherish–my jewelry, sarees, books, art supplies–and I have already decided what goes to whom. So, during those heart to heart chats I have with them, I will let them know about their little inheritance!😜 (My girls are going to kick me if they read this post, really!).
  4. My winged babies–Cookie, Bholu, Chikki–will be moved to their aunt’s home or my mom’s home. These are the two places where they will receive the most love and the best care.
  5. I wonder who will take care of hubby! (Oh, God! I really don’t want to go to tomorrow! How will that guy survive alone?).
  6. I will remind hubby and sis-in-law about donating my organs so someone can live a better life. I have told them about it on multiple occasions, but this time they will have to take me seriously!
  7. My blog baby, Metanoia, will have one last post, to thank all those who visit here regularly and leave behind a piece of their heart.
  8. And, yes, for the last time, I would like to spend some happy moments with my stray furry friends–I so look forward to meeting them every day! They remind me of my Chikoo–the guy I will be meeting soon!

These are just some of the things I would want to do before I cross over. Although, I do wonder if the time I have left would be enough to fulfill these last wishes!

That’s the reason behind penning this post, you see? To be grateful for all that I have been blessed with and to remind myself, again, that Life is so very uncertain. And, the few, uncertain moments we have left, are best spent doing something worthwhile. That nothing here lasts forever and that love is all that really matters.

Have you ever thought about what you would want to do if it was your last day today?



What would you do if you had to leave this world tomorrow?


Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

34 thoughts on “If I were to leave this world tomorrow…

  1. I had to be the first one to comment on your post! This is an adorable list. No. 5 is my favorite. So sweet of you to put your hubby before you! And yes, also your pets. You have such a big heart. BTW, there’s no food on your list. Do you wanna go hungry? 😉 Jokes apart, I realized that this exercise brings in a fresh burst of energy in you after you write it. Whatsay?

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  2. Hey Shilpa you seem to be all sorted. You have really taken care of all that matters to you and I’m sure if you do the things you plan to do , your last day would be a pleasant and enjoyable day for everyone despite the gloom and despair that you will leave behind with your passing .
    Please do delay this for as long as possible . I’m sure all those you’ve listed will agree with me .

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    1. Haha…do write a post, Holly!
      And, whatever we may think, how and when it happens is not something we can ever choose. This post is just something to realise we need to be grateful and spend our time better.


  3. You know, just like Holly says, I’d never like to know that I’m going away, leaving everyone and everything behind me. I dread to think how those who depend on me would survive and yet, I know, if it has to come to that, they will HAVE to find a way to face it all. Still, some part of me hates to address that option ever! I’d not even entertain the thought of you ever leaving us all so soon, Shilpa, so I’d say, I did read your post, but it made me very sad! That’s my honest confession, you know.

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    1. Awww….sweetheart!!! I love you, too!
      Yeah, the thought that those who depend on me would be left heartbroken and without a support system, makes me terrified of the time whenever it will come. But, i guess, as you say, they will have to accept it and learn to live without me. I still hope I don’t have to leave anyone alone!

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  4. I will tell you the truth, Shilpa. Your list compelled me to think about what I would do if I knew it was my last day. I do not believe in exhausting myself on any given day and neither I would like to do that on my last day with calling everyone whom I know. Exhaustion robs off the peace and I want to go in peace. I wouldn’t do that except for calling my parents which I do every other day. I would write down my plan for give aways, insurance policies, bank accounts’ user IDs and passwords, my blogs’ and FB passwords (if anyone wanted to carry them on) on a piece of paper. That’s it. Dhruv and others will figure their way out to live without me.
    If there is something most important which we should prepare for the final day from today is we practice detachment from things living and non-living. It is a long work-in-progress.

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  5. This reminds me of the post I wrote for BlogAdda on one of their WOW prompts. The thought itself is so scary but what I liked most in your post is your compassion towards others. Be it your hubby, the winged friends or furry friends, you have thought about them before you. The organ donation bit is a testimony to your helpful nature. Love and hugs always

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  6. You are such a loving and gicing person Shilpa- what a post and what an idea Vinodini! Take a bow ladies – I will read hers in a bit too.

    Shilpz life is very unpredictable and when you actually write something like this down, that reality hits with a bang.

    I hope you do get to accomplish these wonderful things whenever its your time to meet HIM – Wish you a long and joyfully blessed life dear girl!

    Cant wait to meet ya 😉

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  7. You’ve given me some food for thought and I’m considering a list of things to do before I kick the bucket. Ha! Ha!

    Nice list, that embodies the fact that you are such a people’s person.

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  8. You seem like such a sorted out person Shilpa…Such clarity and maturity…To be honest i am so paranoid about this whole thing…It is so real because no one is getting out of here alive…but its also the scariest thing. To leave or to lose someone are both scary as hell. Like Holly said, let it be peaceful and painless and in our sleep…best way to go!

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  9. Love the clarity of your post. I must share with you that I wrote an obituary as an exercise once and my Mom found it and thought I was suicidal! 😛
    Given all that’s been happening in my life this last year, death has been something I’ve thought of a lot. My main worry would be my hubby too – poor chap, uprooted himself to move to my city – then to be left alone!

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  10. I’ll be honest I actually refrain reading topics like these.. I kinda go in the negative zone.. But the good part I like about it you seem to know your life so well , you are well planned person. You have got it all sorted .

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    1. Thank you, Sonam! But, to be frank, it took me a long time to realise certain things about myself..things that I now need to work upon.

      I, too, stay away from such books, but Louise Hay was on my TBR since quite some time now and I so needed her help in certain matters.

      Thank you, Sonam!


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