Tuesday, August 2, 2016

What you don't know...

I happened to listen to this funny and yet hard hitting 1950s song written by Herb Magidson and sung by Doris Day.

You work and work for years and years 
You're always on the go
You never take a minute off
Too busy makin' dough
Someday, you say, you'll have your fun
When you're a millionaire
Imagine all the fun you'll have
In your old rockin' chair!

Yeah! That could be me, I remember thinking, imagining a wrinkled me sitting on the rocking chair, thinking of all that I didn’t do!

Why, it could be anyone of us, don’t you think? I have been infinitely putting off all chances of having fun. It has always been tomorrow, next time, sometime, not now… That’s all that I have been promising myself. And I’m sure that’s exactly what you have been doing too! Worrying about what you don't know,  and sometimes about what you do, but worrying nevertheless!

We haven’t given a thought to how that ’morrow will be…perhaps, err… like this?

You're so afraid that you will bite off 
More than you can chew
don’t be afraid, you won't have teeth
When you reach ninety-two.
Next year for sure, you'll see the world,
You’ll really get around
but how far can you travel when
You’re six feet underground?

It made me laugh. It made me tap my feet, but then it also made me stop and take a moment to contemplate when she ends the song with,

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy yourself
it’s later than you think.

Indeed, it’s later than we think!What were we thinking!

So stop what you are doing for a minute. Stretch yourself, take a walk to the garden and smell the roses! Look at the sun glide down the horizon. Look at the flock of chirping birds fly homewards.

Take that road trip you have been planning to take for ages, and no, don’t let that important meeting get in the way. Imagine, if you are dead tomorrow, the meeting will still go on, perhaps the team will observe two minutes of silence in your honour!

Call your parents, spend time with your loved ones, and collect the memories. You don’t want to be left without memories tomorrow, do you? Nobody waits for your tomorrow, not time, and definitely not people.

We see people leaving the mortal world every day and yet we like to think that we are immortal, like we have been guaranteed an extended stay on this earth! What makes us think that we can postpone everything today and hope to do it “sometime later” when we have the time? How are we so sure that day will come? 

How can we base our entire life on what we don't know?

If the right time to do anything is there, it is now. So what are you waiting for? You know what to do, don’t you?

Enjoy yourself it's later than you think 
Enjoy yourself while you're still in the pink
The years go by, as quickly as a wink
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy yourself
it’s later than you think.

Listen to the song, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!


Written for the prompt "What you don't know" as a part of the Bar-A-Thon - a - week long blogging marathon for bloggers. If you'd like to participate, or read what other bloggers have to say, visit the BAR for more details.  
I am with #Team Crimson Rush! 


  1. Oh this is so beautiful Shubhangi :) So true and yet all the tasks and over-thinking does get in the way. I guess one must play this song each morning or somehow remind oneself daily as soon as one wakes up.

  2. Shubhangi, I am loving your takes on the prompts! This one is delightful too! Hope you get a chance to do all that your heart wishes to!

  3. What a lovely thought you have shared Shubhangi! I've never heard this song before....thanks its a treasure!

    1. I love this song...always makes me smile and contemplate! thanks!

  4. This makes so much sense. Living in the now, enjoying each moment along the way is the way to do it. If we wait for that one big day when everything will finally be sorted and we will sit and relax, we'll be waiting for ever.

    1. you said it, Tulika! we'll be waiting forever indeed!

  5. What a cute song. I love the way Doris Day sings. Thanks for sharing. I think we take life too seriously when we are meant to enjoy it. Nice one.

    1. yeah! She has a certain zing in her voice! and to think of it, this song is so old and yet it is relevant today!!

  6. This is like a wake up call for each one of us. In this mad rush we forget to live in the moment! Lovely song and a great message!

  7. Beautiful is the word for the post! We sure should do all the things we've been thinking to do in our heads when tomorrow will come!
    Well portrayed!


  8. I loved all the verses you shared... and they couldn't be more true. Indeed life goes so fast, before we know it the youthful days will go away.

  9. hmm, well. But then for few, work is life. Few of us, do not know how to enjoy life. The only focus is work and few of us will never know, what we have lost.

    1. as long as we base our happiness around others, we will continue to feel that way, I guess people should try to base the happiness around themselves, no?

  10. Such beautiful thoughts! Life passes by real fast,indeed!

  11. Big high-five to you for this post, Shubhangi! All work and no play... You know! Hugs!

  12. The song has really cool lyrics! All the wisdom of taking life as it comes encapsulated in one song :D


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