Time is such a rare and precious gift, that happens to be for free! We don’t earn or own time; we can’t buy or sell it, nor speed it up or slow it down. All we can do with time is to allow ourselves to be present and – to appreciate and enjoy life’s special moments, to step back and try to freeze them and to be immensely grateful for them.
Life is passing by so fast, almost everyone would agree that “time flies.” Yes, it is so true, you might plan on doing something special with your children or loved one, but time races by you. Before you know it, you are looking in the rear view mirror thinking to yourself “I wish I had done this or that.”
Time flies, and just like that, babies are talking and walking. Then with a blink of an eye, they are becoming teenagers, and suddenly they are young adults carving their own path in life. and all along you are asking yourself, when did this all happen?
For me, It’s like somehow God was looking out for me and my children, as if I knew I had limited time to spend with them, (of course I had no idea).When they were young, thankfully I spent maximum “quality time” with them. My greatest pleasure was attending every single sports game they played whether in Little League, school games, or national club championships, I was there cheering them on and enjoying every minute of it. My sons were three competitive athletes so they took up most of my time. Driving them to their practices or games was our special “bonding time.” I would hear all about their life in school, their friends, their worries, fears, and joys. We would laugh together and I would deliver my values, discipline, and motherly advice to them.
A little “extra time” is what I needed, hoped, and prayed for to spend time with my youngest, Karim, before I got sick. I needed a couple more years to be there for him and guide him through his teenage years as I had done for his brothers, instead of running all over the world – from London, to America, to Pakistan, and China – trying to find a cure for my ALS diagnosis. I would have loved to prepare him for his university life, but things don’t always go as planned, time was stolen away from me.
Today, I am blessed to be living on very valuable “borrowed time.” After the doctors told me in 2004 to get my affairs in order I thought I was racing against the clock; but again, God had other plans for me, Hamdallah. He gave me the gift of time. Time to appreciate what life has to offer, time to spend with my family, time to love and be loved, time to laugh and be happy, and time to be hopeful and thankful.
That is why I have become the one who is always positive and optimistic. The “extended time” I am enjoying now is the result of my faith and love from my extremely supportive family. I get to look back and appreciate time and be grateful for every extra day that comes my way. I plan on turning my days into weeks, months, and years for “maximum time” with my loved ones.