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Thursday, November 10, 2005

If Tomorrow Never Comes...

Let's take a moment to ponder on this...life is pretty ironic; things happen around us everyday and yet we take them for granted. Pretty much in a stride as we view them as part of our routine...just like our own existence in life. We wake up every morning, go to school/work, come home, watch tv and sleep and the cycle continues for 365 days. If we stop to think of it, we should realize how fortunate we are to still see ourselves each morning....and be there to go through the everyday routine cycle. I am sure most of us have heard about people dying in their sleep....or perhaps some supernatural explanation as in the body astral travel experience...a little absurd perhaps for the non-believers and skeptics.
Anyway, the point is, we do not know how fortunate we are until we actually face crisis in our lives or death-threatening situations...and then we start to count our blessings.
Ronan Keating's song "If Tomorrow Never Comes" actually gives us an insight into this scenario...to think that today may be our last and to focus on what we should do to live today to the best...in his song, he actually voiced that we should tell the person we love that we love them...or to specific, that special someone because we may not live to tell them tomorrow. I like the pace of the song...and I've heard a dedication on the radio once; where a guy called and told the DJ that he's stuck in a traffic jam on his way home and he wants to dedicate this song to his wife waiting for him at home with the message that he's thinking of her and that he loves her very much. When I heard of the dedication, I was a little taken aback as this song does not sound appropriate to be dedicated to a wife waiting at home....somehow it just seems that he's conveying the message to his wife that he may not make it....a death will somehow to me:P Freaky but to think beneath it all, he just wants the wife to know that he loves her very much and he just wants her to know that fact.
Now this song replayed in my head....and it just hit me..not the lyrics, but the title...and now we could actually come to terms with the song that different individuals can have different interpretation/perspective revolving a single song. The reason the song title relate to me today is because I actually survived an accident...yeah, no kidding. I was driving to work this morning and it was raining...the road was pretty wet. I assure you that I was not speeding or anything like that..in fact, I would say I drove at a pretty reasonable speed and kept to the highway codes for the speed limit. I reached a roundabout and that was where it happened. I passed the first part of the roundabout; the first traffic light, then as I approached the second traffic light, there was this metallic brown Wira which was also driving in the middle lane while I was in the left. I drove past him and all of a sudden, I felt my car being pushed and then my car just spun. I hit on the brakes and gripped my steering. My car halted to a stop. I was stunned for a second and I drove my car to the side of the road, got down and examined my car while the other car stopped at the other turning of the roundabout. A kind Samaritan on a motorcycle, or actually a pakcik, stopped by and enquired about my condition, telling me that I was pretty lucky to be unhurt. At the same time, I was thankful that my car was also unhurt and everything was fine. The other drive, also another Malay pakcik(a govt servant I think, judging from his dressing), came over to check on me and he was also relieved to see that I was unhurt and my car was in a good condition.
After further assurance/examination that my baby(car) is fine, I got into the car and drove towards my destination. As I was driving, it suddenly hit me that I was really very lucky...to be alive....it may be a minor spin but thank God, there were no oncoming cars, otherwise, only God knows what may become of me right now. I could have hit the railing or go off the road and may just.....die on the spot....freaky but a realistic possibility. Then I also recalled how calm and collected I was at the time, funny now that I think of it...I was in fact TOO calm, somehow I don't seem to realize what has happened....in such a daze that I just make it seem like it's some kind of routine to just get down and check on my car...it never occurred to me that I was actually in an accident!!!~~ Man, this thought is really scary....but come to think of it in an optimistic manner, I am actually steady in handling this and yeah, God gave me a second chance. He was there....I believed that GOD was the one who shielded me from any harm and also my car...I believe HE was there.....that's why there were no major injuries and no oncoming cars...HE protected me:)
Anyhow, I realized that there are many people out there who truly cared about me and loved me for who I am....and I also realized that I have many people around me whom I should cherish and yeah, what if tomorrow never comes? And as Chicken Little says, Today is a brand new day...never thought I would actually use this phrase in deep meaning after watching the movie and using it for motivation. Now the meaning tilts slightly to...yeah, It's a really brand NEW day for me....I am given new life.....and I feel that we should always live our life to the fullest and live everyday like it's the last that we do not have any regrets by the end of the day;)
Tell your loved ones that you love them....Communicate with people....do not suppress your feelings to your inner self..life is too short to let opportunities pass by...so, live once again and be ALIVE!!!!
So, Carpe Diem and enjoy your life!!:D