I saw a TikTok the other day (can you tell I’m obsessed with TikTok?) about a cancer patient who asked if they could still buy green bananas after their diagnosis.
Because they weren’t sure if they were going to be around for the bananas to ripen.
We take every day for granted. Every avocado I buy is rock hard, every day I put off things on to-do list like calling my friends or family, and I just often make excuses because I don’t feel like putting in the extra effort. It doesn’t often occur to me that I’ll never see those bananas ripen. That I am cutting into time when I don’t know how much time I actually have.
Life is short, even if you live a long one. I think about it a lot, I think about how many not-fun things I have to do every day even when life is short.
In 24 hours, I spend 8 sleeping. I spend 1 hour getting ready for the day, 1 hour commuting, and 8 hours at work. Dinner takes 1 hour and chores take another. If I want to keep my body healthy, I’ll spend another hour at the gym. Which leaves maybe 3 hours of the day to spend with my loved ones, to do things I enjoy. It’s not very much time.
But even though I have all these things I have to do. I also get to do them. There are plenty of people who don’t get the same privilege, who don’t get to live the same life span or do the mundane things you hate to do. They don’t get to do anything at all.
At the end of the day, you can buy green bananas. And that’s a great thing.