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Living today just in case tomorrow never comes

Updated on January 7, 2011

What matters most? Work that will never be complete or...

snuggling with the baby,
snuggling with the baby,
tickling them before bath time,
tickling them before bath time,
playing silly games,
playing silly games,
making her smile,
making her smile,
being apart of your life, when your life is happening?
being apart of your life, when your life is happening?

How would you be remembered

While in our late twenty's early thirty's we are considered to be young and still vibrant with many years ahead of us. We believe we have time to make what is wrong right and to say I am sorry tomorrow for what we did today. We ignore the ones we love, to do a job that we hate.

When news broke of Actress Britney Murphy death, December 20, 2009. The thought on everyone’s mind was, she was so young. Only 32 years old and dead at 10:04am, suffering from full cardiac arrest. 32, by today’s standards is very young, and she should have had years ahead of her to look forward to. She had stated in an interview, not so long ago, that she wanted to have a baby this coming year.

Heath Ledger died in January of 2009 from a toxic combination of prescription medication. Again a beautiful and young actor that was loved my millions, who should have had many days left in this world. Instead, he leaves behind a daughter that will get to know her father through the words of the people that knew him, and the roles of the characters he played on the big screen.

Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM or the former love match to Nicole Ritchie died in August at the young age of 36. Brad Renfro passed away two years ago in January 2008, from a heroin overdose at 25.

Each of these stars, lost their lives at young ages, and before their times. If you were not apart of tomorrow, and today was all you had, how would people describe the way that you lived?

Although we must all dream and strive to improve and to grow as people, do we put off what is important for things that are not? How many, I will do it later, do you have on your plate for tomorrow? How many won’t get done? Society is making it harder to accomplish everything that we wish to do, as a whole; society does not eat right with a McDonald's around every corner. We abuse our bodies with drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine, which removes sleep from our list of necessity, and without it you have an additional 8 hours of time you can spend doing things that you don't really need to do.

If you were told that tomorrow would be your last day, what would you do with tomorrow? You probably would refrain from having a fight with any of the people that you love; instead you would make sure that you told them that you love them. You would probably not complain about the dirty clothes or dishes in the sink, instead hold your spouse close and enjoy every moment that they stood there and held you in return. More than likely you would not spend the entire day working towards completing meaningless tasks while attempting to avoiding your children. You would spend that time with them, playing and enjoying who they are and hoping that they are enjoying you as well. You would stay up an hour or so later, and absorb the conversations that you have shared with your family while flipping through a photo album and laughing about the good times you have experienced, not try to reminisce about the bad times. You would make sure that you were there when your spouse tucked your children into bed, so you could read them a story and tell them that you love them. You would make love slowly and enjoy every single moment, and every single curve of your partners body, not worry about the re-run on TV that you are missing.

In reality, you will probably not have someone tell you that tomorrow you will leave this world. You will not have a second chance to say or do the right thing. Why gamble with the chance that the people that you love the most, will never truly know how much you love them. If everyone spent everyday, like it was their last day-perhaps relationships would last rather than end. Families would work through problems and people would say I am sorry. More people would smile, and show how they really feel. Maybe the world would be a more beautiful, generous, understanding place

In this life, you may have thousands of second chances, or you may not have any. You can never be sure when your time will come. Are you a person that lives to work or works to live? It would be a shame if you never lived before you died, because you spent your time working for a better life that you never had a chance to live.


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    • Kristina Pitts profile image

      Kristina Pitts 

      4 years ago from Greenville, SC, USA

      I remember back then. Still sad to think about. Many conspiracy theorists can make up all kind of theories but we can't always know the truth.

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      7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Another wonderful hub H.C Porter. So beautifully said. There is no time to live except in the present one day at a time and do the very best we can.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Cagsil- Wow, I feel honored that you decided to read and comment on so many of my hubs this evening- Thanks, I appreciate it. I can sometimes get caught up with the unimportant things this life offers-but I am now making an effort to refocus when needed and say---the world can wait, I have more important things to do today.. :D

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      8 years ago from USA or America

      Another great hub Holly. It's a awesome message you put out there for people to see and understand. That in itself is a special thing. There are too many people living in the past, instead of living and accepting things in the present. Then it is no surprise that these same people worry about the future. ;) Thank you so much for sharing. I rated up too. :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      K@ri & Rochelle,

      Thank you for reading and commenting on this hub. I thought that it was going to be one of those pieces we write that doesnt get any reads. :D I really appreciate the compliments and am glad that both of you found truth in what I wrote. I wish more people enjoyed their lives-while we are still here.


    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      8 years ago from California Gold Country

      You are quite wise for your age. To those of us who have gone through a few decades, our childhood years seemed so long-- our children's childhoods seemed less than half as long, and the years fly faster from then on. "Now" is always the most important time, when things really happen.

      keep doing the right things, and keep writing about them.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      This is a beautiful hub! I used to live to work and now I work to live. You sent shivers down my spine with this one, Thanks!

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I felt the same way when I heard of Britney Murphy's death. The first thing I thought about was - "we're the same age", and "what if that were me", followed by sadness for her family. It did make me stop and think about what I'm doing with my life, and how I choose to spend it with those I love and care about.


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