Recently I took a visit to a friend of friend who was in the last stages of cancer and when I came home, it made me realise that most of us are living the life of a cancer patient including me, a long version of it. If you think differently, finish reading this article and think again !
His name is Sachin. He is 24 years old(as of now). He was a software engineer just 3 months back when he came to know he had cancer. He told me he had just 1 month left and life has been terrible and not because of cancer but because of the treatment and formalities that he had to go through. He told me that he was living his life in a hospital for a month and will continue to do so till the end. He was taking a hell lot of drugs each day with injections and chemotherapy which made his life miserable. He said “ I wanted to go visit a lot of places in world including the pyramids of Egypt, churches of rome, beaches of Australia and Grand canyon some day and learn guitar and compose a song. And guess what, he has the money to do so. So I asked him one question : Why not are you doing all these things ? He said “Doctors told me that I need to be hospitalised and not travel during the treatment. They said still there’s 10% chance of cure”. So I said “So you are doing all this because doctors say so, because you have 10% change of living ? Dude, what’s the point of all this crap treatment when you know you are most probably dead in a month. If I were you, I would have visited all those places that you just mentioned, doesn’t matter if I collapsed in front of Grand Canyon because that would be living till the end and here you are dying. There’s no point of treatment !” My friend told me not to say things like that to Sachin and dragged me back to home.
That night I started thinking and I came to realise how similar is the life of most of us to a cancer patient. Most of us are doing jobs that we don’t like so that we can afford a big house that we don’t need, to pay for a nice car to impress people we don’t even like and to buy things we don’t need. I always wanted to do something creative, but never had the courage to go down that road. I was just doing the job of a software engineer which I don’t like just like the treatment given by a doctor for the cancer patient on a hospital bed. I was giving advice to Sachin to live the life he always wanted but I myself never had the courage to quit my secure boring 9 to 6 job and live my dreams.
Most of our lives are just an extended version of a cancer patient, we all don’t want to leave the security(of hospital or the secure boring job) and living in false hope that we have a chance of better survival like that. But guess what, death is imminent. If it’s 1 month or 50 years, if you don’t live the life of your dreams or do what you always wanted to do, then you are just moving towards death in a slow, boring and miserable manner. If you take “slow” out of that, it becomes the life of a dying cancer patient and trust me this “slow” doesn’t help, in fact it makes it worse.
I shared this article for only one reason. I don’t know who are you or where you live or what’s your name but if you are reading this I request you to live while you’re still alive. Don’t wait for some magical time to start living the life of your dreams. Time will pass by in a blink and you’ll realise it’s not possible anymore to be what you always wanted to be. Be brave, take charge of your life and don’t be afraid to take risks. There’s no point in living life on a hospital bed !
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