2021

10.17.21 Barely the day started and it’s already six in the evening, by Boucar Diouf

 
Best I could determine this was written by Boucar Diouf, a famous French Canadian writer, and story teller from Montréal.
 
This piece really touched me and I could see such truths in it. I feel like the days go by so fast now that the first couple of lines drew me into reading the rest.
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“Barely the day started and it’s already six in the evening.
 
Barely arrived on Monday and it’s already Friday.
.. and the month is already over.
.. and the year is almost over.
.. and already 40, 50 or 60 years
of our lives have passed.
 
.. and we realize that we lost our parents, friends.
 
.. and we realize it’s too late to go back.
 
So.. Let’s try, despite everything, to enjoy the remaining time.
 
Let’s keep looking for activities that we like.
 
Let’s put some color in our grey.
 
Let’s smile at the little things in life that put balm in our hearts.
 
And despite everything, we must continue to enjoy with serenity this time we have left.
 
Let’s try to eliminate the afters..
 
I’m doing it after.
 
I’ll say after.
 
I’ll think about it after.
 
We leave everything for later like ′′ after ′′ is ours.
 
Because what we don’t understand is that:
 
Afterwards, the coffee gets cold.
 
Afterwards, priorities change.
 
Afterwards, the charm is broken.
 
Afterwards, health passes.
 
Afterwards, the kids grow up.
 
Afterwards, parents get old.
 
Afterwards, promises are forgotten.
 
Afterwards, the day becomes the night.
 
Afterwards, life ends.
 
And then it’s often too late.
 
So.. Let’s leave nothing for later
.
Because still waiting to see later, we can lose the best moments, the best experiences, best friends, the best family.
 
The day is today. The moment is now.
 
We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone what needs to be done right away.”
 
It Looks Like An Eternity,
 
But It’s A Short Trip,
 
Enjoy Life And Always
 
Be Kind.

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