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Raw and Open: Your last 24 hours

Guest Author: Jody Betty

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The world is your oyster.

You have the ability to have or do anything you want … absolutely anything. Money is no object. You have your wildest dreams and fantasies at your fingertips; you can fulfill any whim on demand. It’s a dream come true. Everything you have ever desired.

What’s the catch you wonder?

You have 24 hours to live.

It’s a death sentence, with the luxury of no confining bars, or ever watchful guards. You are not physically ill and can’t buy a cure, or purchase your way back into life. Death is not negotiable, nor discriminating. It will be back for you in one full day, leaving you to figure out what to do with your remaining time.

You have 24 hours to live.

Would you travel to a sandy beach and relax with the sounds and scents of the ocean surrounding you, or would you head to the Alps to feel the adrenaline and freedom of skiing down the mountain? Perhaps you have a bucket list, and you would try to accomplish a few, or at least the most important things. Maybe you would head to Vegas and be reckless and carefree and drink your way to oblivion, after all, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Would you go on a shopping spree of luxurious cars, diamonds and lavish clothing, buying all the things you fantasized about as both a child and  an adult. Surround yourself with the best material items that money can buy? Eat the finest foods and drink 100-year-old whiskey, all just because you can. You could finally have everything you have ever desired, and things you didn’t even know you wanted. Would that make you happy?  Would you want to live like a king or queen for your last 24 hours? Would those be the things you were thinking about when you draw your last breaths? Will you feel you have accomplished something by acquiring all that you have, and being able to leave a material legacy to pass down.

24 hours.

Do you think any of those things matter? Do you think money or purchased items will be on your mind as you lay on your deathbed? Do you think you will be happy you finally owned that Audi or 80 inch TV? Will being in Chanel clothing make your passing any better or be a last statement of pride and class? If so, perhaps it says a great deal about not only you, but how you lived your life…Striving to keep up with the materialistic pressures society forces on us.

Possessions don’t matter. You can’t take them with you. They become items to be fought and picked over by bickering family members, eventually landing in a box, garage or attic, or alternatively, disposed of once its purpose has been served.

24 hours.

Make the little things be the big things.

What is it that really matters? What do you hold nearest and dearest to your heart and soul? Is it family and friends? Experiences and pleasures past lived? A long lost love or the comfort of your favorite blanket? The hugs, kisses, touches, words, tears, memories, sights, scents and sounds that have made your life the unique experience it is … those are the only true things that matter. The lives you have touched and the ones that have touched you, leaving a legacy that far surpasses anything money could buy.

24 hours.

So spend time with your loved ones. Tell your friends and family how you feel. Hug them, kiss them, talk to them and not just listen, but hear them. Do for others the things you were unable to do and always wished you could. Reach out and touch a life. Make someone else’s dreams come true…make a bunch of people’s dreams come to life. A simple smile or acknowledgement can make a persons’ day. In the end, it’s the smallest things in life that matter, not the big things we waste our lives being consumed by.

So spend the rest of your days as if it were your last 24 hours, and make them count. Make the little things be the big things because any day could be your last.

Jody Betty is a guest blogger for SickNotWeak who, in her own words, is a master at the art of survival. She lives with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and is co-afflicted with MDD, Dysthymia and Social Anxiety. She has survived three serious suicide attempts and a handful of overdoses which lets her know it isn’t her time. You can read her blog “Raw and Open” posted tri-weekly on Thursdays on SNW.

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Diana Fletcher
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Wow! This is excellent Jody and very thought-provoking! Love this: The hugs, kisses, touches, words, tears, memories, sights, scents and sounds that have made your life the unique experience it is … those are the only true things that matter. The lives you have touched and the ones that have touched you, leaving a legacy that far surpasses anything money could buy.

VancityJam
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Great article! Thought provoking and puts it all in perspective, I don’t think any of us would have fomo on that day from social media!

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