This is the final essay that we will be reading to each other as we finish our 30 day yoga teacher training program. If I had 24 hours to live I would wake up at 6am and do my normal morning routine. I would start with my gratitude prayer, my morning mantras, make my bed, read my daily affirmation. Then I would do the Rosaries with my coffee. Since this would be the last time I would be doing it here I would want to make it special. Normally what would take 20 minutes, would take at least an hour. I would thank God and Jesus for this practice and tell them to save me a seat 23 hours from now.
I would make my smoothie like I do very morning and then take my dog Buddy for a walk around the park. Anyone I would see that day I would have a big smile and say hello. Then I would make breakfast for my girls, give them the biggest hugs and kisses and tell them to get ready because at noon we need to start getting ready for a party – the celebration of My Life. I would head over to Tommy’s 9:45am Hot Vinyasa class. I would tell Tommy this is going to be my last class so he better Bring It. Then I would head over to see my boys at Try It Raw for an early lunch. I would tell them this is would be my last time here and I’m having a party that starts at 3pm today for them to come and bring as much raw food as they can. I would bring lunch home for the girls and then we would all get to work. My girls love parties especially with family and close friends.
Everyone would be welcome including everyone in this room. The party would be from 3-7pm which would include a 4hr episode of The Humble Warrior Podcast. Jon and I would start the show off talking about my last 24 hours and throughout the party anybody could get up to the mic and talk about the topic. Not about me. Talk about what they would do if they had 24 hours left.
See I’m not scared of death at all. It’s part of the evolving Universe, God’s plan. However I always want to make sure I’m living my purpose so even on my last day I hope my story can help someone have a better day.
At 7pm it would be time to say goodbye to all my friends and thank them for their friendships as they were a big part of my life. When the final friend left, the girls and I would setup the last supper which would include my parents, my brother’s family and my sister’s family. We would have a family style dinner with the best red wine one could fine. I would only have one glass and sip it so slowly and enjoy every drop. This supper would last to 9:30 as my family knows I still need and want time with my girls. As everyone is cleaning up I would call Lara and thank her for 17 years of marriage and that I couldn’t have had a better partner with our three girls. I would wish her all the happiness, love and peace. After the call and clean-up the real work begins.
Us four and Buddy would head into our meditation room to sit, talk and just be. The candles would be lit, the light would be dim and we would be sitting on our cushions. We wouldn’t be meditating but accepting (or trying to) the reality of the situation. For myself this would be the greatest challenge in my whole life, how in the next couple of hours to soak up all this love from these three girls and what to tell them about life.
First I would be Dad and crack some jokes to make us all laugh. I might say something like JC is going to hook me up with a nice pad and a couple of angels. We might do a group wrestle with Buddy, they are always fun. I used to be able to take all three but those days have passed. After some fun I would go into Father mode.
I would tell them I am so proud of who they each individually are. That each of one of them are strong and could do whatever they want in this world. I would tell them always respect everyone and treat everyone equally. Lastly go after your dreams, there waiting for you.
After being a Dad and Father its now time to be a Teacher to teach them them most valuable lessons I’ve learned while I’m here.
- You are never alone. God is always with you. Ask for help anytime.
- Love yourself first, so therefore you can enjoy this life to the fullest.
- Each morning when you wake Thank God for your life and journey and do the same when you go to sleep.
- Take 100% full responsibility for your life. Don’t blame anyone or any situation if something isn’t going your way. Look within.
- Problems are good, it gives us the opportunity to grow.
- Life will present major challenges, have the inner awareness it’s all for your highest good.
- Develop a prayer practice, meditation practice and yoga practice.
- Never Give Up
- You three remain tight, make your relationship a priority as you grow and have your own families.
- Finally know God and Jesus want to be your best friend, work on this relationship daily.
After this I’m sure the girls would want to talk and share. I will stay up all night with them but I see their sleepy eyes as now its close to 2am. I carry each one of them to bed just like when they were babies. I tuck each one in a give a kiss on the forehead. I stare at each one of them as tears roll down my face. For I have been so blessed to have these three angels in my life.
I have a couple hours left. Buddy and I go for walk around the park. It’s so beautiful out the moon is shining, stars are bright. I take a seat on a bench and just be. The sun is rising what a beautiful sight, I have thirty minutes left. I go home put the Rosaries around my neck and start doing them like I’ve been doing the last 22 years. When I finish I see the Light, I’m Home.
This was a great experience. I shared this piece with my daughters. There was laughter, tears and insightful discussion. How would you spend your last 24 hours? Write about it and share with a loved one.