The clock reminds people of the inevitability of the passing time and ultimately death. No matter what we do (or don't do) the insect is eating every precious second of our time anyway, and with every bite it takes, we are nearing our death, one step at a time. The thought is frightening and at the same time liberating. It made me wonder how much time we waste every day on pitiable things such as arguing over trivial matters, demeaning others to prove ourselves right, pampering our ego, worrying, fearing, fighting, hating, doubting, envying and what not. As these thoughts crossed my mind, the insect blinked, as if with satisfaction. I jumped thinking that I may have imagined it, but others had noticed it too. The lady explained that it does so occasionally, and added that the clock is accurate only once every five minutes, denoting irregularity of life.
This clock left us in a trance. We recollected how many times we had told ourselves that we will do 'something' next time or some other day and how that 'someday' never came in our life. How many opportunities we had missed, fearing the failure or even worse, apprehension about the hard work involved in achieving it. So many dreams, so many wishes! Not all of them were large ones, some as tiny as watching a sunset together or visiting a place which blooms only once a year or simply taking a day off to spend it leisurely to wander off without any agenda. We keep wishing for small things and then keep depriving ourselves even for those tiny pleasures of life.
Ever since that day, that insect has never left my back, every time I deny a small pleasure to myself I feel its presence on my neck, every time I am afraid to take risk in life I hear the clanking chain in the coffin. Since that day we discovered a new mantra to live - "Right here right now". Whenever we feel like doing something which wouldn't cause any harm to ourselves or others, we do it without any delay. Rather than maintaining a list of 'To do before I die' all our lives and then starting to tick it off feebly when we realise it's too late, we add and tick off from our list every day. In short, we try to live every day, every moment, make most out of what we have and stare back that insect in the eye with satisfaction!
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