There is no future – there is no past
I live this moment as my last
Somehow it’s taken me over a year of blogging to make a single RENT reference; who am I? This would be unheard of to myself at any point in my life from 13-30 — Go an entire year writing from my heart and not reference my favorite musical. I digress…
The song “Another Day” from the 1996 Broadway musical RENT by Jonathan Larson and movie by the same name contains the most notable one liner of the entire musical- NO DAY BUT TDOAY. Without unnecessarily getting into the plot of the musical, the phrase is pretty self-explanatory. It’s about making the most of every moment because you never know when you will have the last one.
As I was putting my older two to bed tonight, a thought occurred to me. I was reading today about a 34 year old man that died from #covid19 after visiting Orlando March 2-9 (literally the exact same dates we were in Orlando).
He had visited WDW and Universal while he was there. He was a high risk case, having previously had cancer and asthma, but in the 10 days since he returned to his hometown of Los Angeles, he passed away. Ten days. 10-14 days is the average time period from someone contracting the virus to death from what I’ve read. Of course that doesn’t meant that most people die- that’s just the average time for people that do ultimately succumb to the virus.
Remember, one day everything is fine, and 10-14 days later, people are dead. No hyperbole.
So that makes me pose the following questions to you-
What was the last thing you said to your loved ones? Would you be okay with that being your last?
I last saw my mom the day after we got back from Florida. I don’t remember the last thing I said to her. I last saw my dad when he met Gabriella and I quickly after an appointment with her pediatrician the following day. I don’t remember the last thing I said to him. I don’t remember if I said ‘I love you’ or hugged either of them. I was so happy to see them both, but I don’t remember.
Because of social distancing, I haven’t been able to see either of my parents in the last week. In fact, I made plans with my dad but then cancelled because we’re not supposed to be gathering right now. And my mom works for the airlines as a flight attendant- surely I can’t have her around my kids right now either. What if the last time I saw either of them was the last? The day and time is now to make the most of every moment with our loved ones- I’m not trying to be morbid, I’m trying to be real. This is the time friends to be most mindful of the things we say and do – No Day But Today.
How about that last trip to the grocery store? Did you take the last package of toilet paper or carton of milk when someone was reaching for it? Did you check on your neighbors- especially the elderly ones? What about your friends that are in the healthcare industry? Do your actions out in the real world reflect the reality that we are in a global crisis? This is the time to be courteous with our neighbors – No Day But Today.
How about your interactions with others online? Have you been kind? Have your words reflected the heaviness, depth and severity of this crisis? Remember, we don’t know what other people are facing with- jobs that are lost, parents that are unwell, travel plans cancelled, college semesters suddenly ended… This is the time to be patient and understanding with the strangers we relate with online – No Day But Today.
Stay safe everyone.