When i was 16, my friend passed away.. she was a really good friend.. and her family was devastated. So was I. But her passing away taught me something really important. It taught me that there are no tomorrows.
The time to say "I love you" is today - every single today. The time to make the phone call is now, when you think of that friend. The time to help a person cross the road is when you see them, not another day. There is no other day.
And i learnt that 20 years later, no one will care if you were the smartest boss on the floor. But 20 years later, your child will remember the kiss that you ran out to plant on his cheek as he left for the school picnic. And 20 years later, he will also remember, the kiss that you were not there to plant....
For some reason, i m a terribly long sighted person....
In 100 years,no one will care if you were the first person to break the glass ceiling. But in 100 years, if you have been a good parent, aunt, grandmother, your love will still live through the people who will have learnt to love because they have been loved..
Every Teacher's Day, i pay a tribute to one of my teachers.. my dear Ritu.. this year, is for you.. for teaching me how fragile our todays are.. and that the only way to make them strong enough to last, is to behave as if each one was the last ever..
Addendum: I'm sorry.. i realised later that this post is judgemental and unfair. Lets rephrase: I learnt that whats important to ME is being there for the family. and I was wrong.. a good boss will be as well remembered as a good friend. A person who breaks the glass ceiling will also inspire many, many more women to go out and get their dreams.. i learnt what works for me, not what works for the rest of humanity.. :-)