If Tomorrow Never Comes

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Some time back I wrote a story about a young emotionally-fragile girl who tends to explode at the slightest thing done by members of her broken family; a father who walked away from them, a younger brother who’s so aloof from her and a mother who’s lost in her own world. So her older brother taught her how to deal with her emotions. He told her to write it down, write everything she felt down on paper, the hatred, the jealousy, let the venom out of her system. Then he grabbed a lighter and burnt it, throwing it – symbolically – into the sea. Then he left her with those words, “Don’t let your emotions get the best of you.”And that’s how she got over painful events; one after another.

You know sometimes we find ourselves struggling with a lot of unspoken words. A lot of unfinished chapters. A lot of hanging bridges. A lot of burning bridges. And then we hear that a tragedy had befallen and now it becomes too late to speak those unspoken words, finish those unfinished chapters, connect and build those burning bridges. In such a case do you find yourself crying with regret, holding with remorse whatever memories you shared with that person, hoping that you had easily swallowed your pride so you could say, “Sorry,” “I love you” “I never meant to utter those words, they were spoken with anger”?

But then some people are given a second chance, and yet they don’t jump at it. They think it’s not important anymore. They back out, they fear to be labelled weak, or emotionally-unstable, or whatever….but then when the words are out, finally, they may feel relieved, relieved that they had the courage to face their fears and be human again, face their fears and be weak, face their fears and let their guard down…even if those words were just written in a piece of paper, that is later burnt and thrown into the sea.

So today’s homework, think of a person who meant a lot in your life, and write them a letter. write them a physical letter. An email is too impersonal, but if the only connection you currently have with them is email, then I guess the email will do. Tell them what they mean to you. Sincerely thank them for the moments they made you smile when you were upset. If it’s a person who has hurt you,let them know that you’ve forgiven them. If it’s a person that you have hurt, then sincerely tell them, “I’m sorry.”

And record the reaction that you would get from a heart-felt sincere letter.

Alternatively, burn it and throw it in the sea.

Today’s quote; Sometimes there is no next time, no second chance, no time out. Sometimes,it’s now or never!

As for me, I know what I have to say to all of you…

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13 thoughts on “If Tomorrow Never Comes

    amirajammy said:
    July 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    i write these all the time…i really email people letting them know ..esp people who we have moved apart from each other.

      AH responded:
      July 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      It’s good to know someone out there does this

    ilham said:
    July 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    *watery eyes* But sadly enough I cant write that letter…Sometimes it is just way more complicated than what it might sound like. Oh boy, way much complicated.

    Thank you AH!

      AH responded:
      July 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      That’s y u still write it down even if u end up throwing it in the sea.

        ilham said:
        July 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        Will give it a try…

      fida Abuhamda said:
      July 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      ilham! luvin ur pict!! wooow it speaks so much..so many words…so many feelings…yet…still “not sure”….
      Allah yebarkelk ya Rab w yes3dek!
      wheres ur blog?

    Heba said:
    July 4, 2011 at 6:17 am

    nice, thanks

    Khadra said:
    July 4, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I have done it and never regert it, actually its always easier to write down what you feel, instead of keeping it inside causing lot of pain, and sincere letter means alot to me and it does means alot to some too.

    Khadra said:
    July 4, 2011 at 6:20 am

    And Thankyou Amina, for the amazing blogs and true feeling words, keep it up always πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Shireen said:
    July 4, 2011 at 6:32 am

    2 wods : water pollution πŸ˜›

    I’d never write a letter to let a person know that I am hurt, I would write poems over and over again about anything I feel be it hatred, gratitude or love to let the emotional steam off! Letters remain like a written proof of your love to someone who in the later stage might not even deserve it. Sorry, my pessimism level is unusually high today..

    Shireen said:
    July 4, 2011 at 6:32 am


    fida Abuhamda said:
    July 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    hm wow…i dnt knw wat to say..

    someone commented on ur status in fb ” emotions is jst too complicated” (or smthn like that).
    There are ppl that jst so moved me and have special place in my heart…n jst thnkin of thm my eyes might water or just smile…sometimes words dont help…but jst praying for them..and helping them is more thn any word can do…

    sometimes words just loss the “purity” of things…
    but i am wth writing ur thoughts down…soooo helps!

    jazki Allah khyrn =)

    Me said:
    July 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I just loved this post..am still finding the courage to write that letter coz I got plenty of reservations πŸ™‚

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