If you only had a few weeks left to live.
If you were told that you only had a few weeks left before dying, what would you do? This is a question that gets thrown around hypothetically quite often, but if you were to REALLY think about it seriously, what would you do?
My mother, Nicki, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia last year. After many forms of treatment and recovery attempts, we have been told that she only has a few weeks left until the cancer takes her life. While I have cried and emotionally exhausted myself, I’ve decided to be grateful that we do have this time left with her to say goodbye and do the things we always wanted to do.
After we found out I asked her “what do you want to do over the next couple weeks?”. Her response was something that I did not expect.
"I want to lay under the stars, walk on the beach, eat noodles and spend time with my children" she told me between tears.
Most people say that they would travel the world or spend all their money. And I suppose to someone who is alive and has plenty of time left, that does sound like a great way to spend your last few days. But that isn’t the case.
When walking her out of the hospital this morning she said, “mmmmm, the smell of freshly-cut grass”. It made me realise how important the little things are. You can have all the diamonds and cars and fancy houses in the world, but when it comes down to the things that matter it’s the stars, the beach, your family, and freshly-cut grass that you’ll yearn for.
Don’t let them go to waste.
I love you, Mum.