October 19, 2007

Mimi's Wisdom

"the explosion occurred at around 1:40 p.m., said eight people had been killed. Makati Councilor JunJun Binay said there were 86 people wounded." - PDI

40 minutes would have made a difference.

If I had not been rushing to a 1pm meeting in 6750, I would have been inside Glorietta when the explosion happened. Not that I wish I were part of the scene but thinking about it now reminded me of how easily our lives can be cut short in the most unexpected occasions. I've had a couple of near-death experiences before and today's event certainly isn't one of the gravest but my morbid mind still can't help but think about the possibilities.

What if I had chosen to eat dessert after lunch? What if I had gotten to Glorietta later and took time in finishing my meal? What if I had chosen to eat in Glorietta 2 where the explosion happened? What if my meeting was at 1:30pm?

The answers don't matter now but the exercise of questioning tells me that sometimes I do forget to live for the moment. That sometimes I get too caught up about watching my favorite programs or choosing the right shirt when I haven't told my friends how much they meant to me. When I'm too busy bickering about things that I want when I already have everything that really matters.

Mimi in RENT said it all:
There is no future

There is no past
I live this moment as my last
There's only us
There's only this
Forget regret
Or life is yours to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today

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