ON THE LAST DAY OF YOUR LIFE – Marilyn Armstrong

So last night, I was watching Saturday Night Live. Minimally, but sort of and at some point they were talking about “living your life as if each day were going to be your last day on Earth.” Given how Earth is doing, that could be tomorrow or later today, but in the meantime …

It occurred to me that I have no idea what I would do if I knew it was my last day. Get really stoned? Nah. Call everyone I ever cared about? Probably not. The phones would be very busy. Does anyone actually have an image of what they might do if they knew this was their last day? Does anyone even think about it? I figure my last day will probably be in a hospital all hooked up to wires and tubes and things that go beep in the night. I probably won’t know it’s my last day because I doubt I’ll be conscious of it being any kind of day — or night.

I’m willing to bet that not one single person actually has “a plan” for their final day on earth or cares to make such a plan. So I think rather than living as if each day might be our last, we should just try to make every day as good as we can, not be excessively grumpy, ill-tempered, or rude.

On the road

Any day could be our last. We could be hit by a bus, crushed by a falling tree, have a stroke, heart attack, or fall down the stairs. Or the elevator cords could snap, an earthquake could eat us or fire sweep through our peaceful neighborhood. No one has a calendar that tells them how they will fare on any day.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

So I suggest we live in the moment, as much as we are able given the reality that we are not in control of our lives beyond the basics of getting through one day to the next. We can do the best we are able, try to be nice to others, and don’t forget to pet your dogs and cats.

Also, watch out for buses and trucks driven by drunks heading your way.



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15 replies

  1. Great article! I think we would all benefit if we lived each day as if it were our first…
    with no ‘prior knowledge’ just an awesome appreciation and anticipation. Then when we
    looked up and saw that asteroid coming directly at us, we would be mostly curious…hmm
    guess that didn’t work so well for the dinosaurs …

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  2. I would probably just go about the day as I always have. I assume that, while it may be MY last day, it may NOT be everyones.

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  3. Very wise and practical advice.

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  4. I read Neville Shute’s “On The Beach” when I was in my twenties and it did upset me to the point where I spent some time thinking about how I’d spend my last day. Now I think as you do that I want to make every day a good day. When the last one comes, if I know it’s the last one, I’ll have no regrets.

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    • Unlike the movies or television, I doubt any of us knows — or really WANTS to know — when our last day will be. To plan for it seems silly to me. You do your best every day and some days you’ll do better than others. If we can be kind and civil to each other, that’s probably a great start for a new decade. Because I don’t care what anyone says: being polite and having good manners is not disposable. It’s the oil that keeps the wheels of our world turning.

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  5. Yes, being kind to one another, and to ourselves too. That’s a good plan for a new decade.

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    • I am of the opinion if people were just more pleasant to each other and themselves, it would already be a better world. Sure, we have some serious struggles ahead but that’s not a good reason to be permanently grouchy and mean-spirited. All that does is make the hard things much harder!

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