It Doesn’t Matter If Your Time Is Borrowed

One week, my girlfriend was sick with the flu. I was happy to take care of her, but of course I was a bit concerned I’d catch the flu myself too. One day, I woke up and felt a bit funny, and I thought: “Oh dear, here we go. Now I might be living on borrowed time.”

I spent a good chunk of that day worrying about actually getting sick, and I tried to do various things to prevent it. I ate some fruit, took some vitamins, drank lots of tea. I also tried to get in some work on a weekend, just to make sure. But eventually, I realized: It doesn’t matter if your time is borrowed.

If you get sick, you get sick. And if you don’t, you don’t. In the meantime, you should do whatever you would do anyway. You can’t let a future that’s not here yet overthrow your plans.

It’s hard to draw a map these days. Once you’ve made the effort, stick to it. Keep charting your path, and deal with each obstacle as you encounter it. I’ve never seen him sick with the flu, but Hagrid from Harry Potter sure knew a thing or two when he said: “What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”