“Don’t count the days. Make the days count” – Random Paper Wisdom (the actual quote is from Muhammad Ali)
As I was sitting with my parents in the car yesterday, it didn’t take long before they picked up their favourite hobby: bickering with one another.
For the love of you, Life, I cannot remember the last time my parents weren’t involved in a seemingly pointless discussion. I tried really hard, but I just couldn’t remember.
But just as I was getting ready to release another sigh – something I can’t stop myself from doing, much like my parents can’t stop themselves from bickering – it hit me: instead of feeling aggravated and annoyed at my parents’ negative and constant remarks about other drivers, past restaurants who served us wrong, the weather, each other, and… well, basically every little thing you make happen, Life, I should be happy!
I should put aside that tension building up inside me. I should ignore the wish to mentally disengage myself. I should try harder, so much harder, to drive out the unhealthy desire to shout at them for being childish. And I should kill the ever growing urge to shoot my brains out, making the horrors in my ears stop.
Instead, I should be happy they have absolutely nothing more important to worry about!!
The thought that truly got to me was: my country is not at war. My family is not in danger, we are not poor, ill or generally unhappy. There are no financial problems hanging over our heads or any other huge issues. I know we cannot foresee the future, but I also know you interchange good and bad times, Life. Therefore, it’s best to cherish what we have while we have it.
And so I relaxed, sat back and enjoyed my parents bickering away. And for the remainder of the drive, I couldn’t think of any sound more reassuring.