The Perfect Day

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If you had only one day to live, how would you live it? A rather complex question that has probably crossed each person’s mind at least once. We never actually think that it’s the last day, though, we always assume we are left with many more.
So the question about how we’d fill our last 24 hours seems absurd and like a hypothetical scenario we will never actually enter. Last year I read a book that dealt with exactly that topic and although this seems like ages ago this book has not left my mind since. I have already mentioned ‘Before I Fall’ very briefly on my blog when I still considered myself a beauty blogger discussing her current favourites at the beginning of every month. Oh well things have changed quite a bit over the last year. But let’s not stray from the topic.

‘Before I Fall’ is an incredibly emotional and thought-provoking novel that will probably make you shed a tear or two (or in my case, many more). The book, written by Lauren Oliver, is about a young girl called Sam and her best friends from High School. It starts with the description of a regular school day that ends with the friends going to a party. Until that point everything points into the direction of the ‘typical’ teenage drama but then tragedy unfolds and the friends get into a horrible accident. The novel thus describes Sam’s last day alive but instead of dying Sam wakes up the next morning and her last day gets repeated again. And again. To quote from the blurb of the book: ‘What if, like me, you could live your last day over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have any regrets? Are there things you’d change?’ Such fundamental questions that this book will make you wonder about. And that’s great because how often do we forget to live in the moment and tell our loved ones how much they mean us. It happens to everyone of us. If there are things we want to change in life but held back by fear we should try and break through it because nothing should be more important than our happiness.

On a more light-hearted note this novel made me wonder about ‘the perfect day’ and whether it existed or not. And how mine would look like. First of all, I do think such thing exists. Haven’t we all spent an amazing day and thought how it had been simply perfect? And the irony is that such days often have the worst beginnings, start with a cancelled bus or something else going wrong. It really is down to how we deal with frustration and if we still manage to make the best out of a bad situation. What would my perfect day look like? It would certainly begin with pancakes, that’s for sure. On a perfect day I would get woken up by the sunlight and spend the day in bed reading a thought-provoking and probably romantic novel. Maybe by Nicholas Sparks. Or John Green. Afterwards I would head down to kitchen to make some chocolate chip pancakes and eat them with maple syrup. And I’d have a huge cup of vanilla tea or white tea with it. Because even if the start of the day would have been upsetting, there isn’t anything a good cup of tea can’t solve right? After breakfast with my family I would get ready whilst catching up on some blog posts or on my favourite TV series. Then I would take my mother and we would go exploring – we might visit a place we have never been to or go to an art gallery or an art museum, as these are the places that inspire me most. Actually, there is an art museum near my hometown that I’ve always wanted to visit but I’ve somehow never done it.Β Mental note: Visit this museum! I wouldn’t only visit, I’d also take my camera and take plenty of pictures, capturing art or people’s reactions to art which are sometimes just as interesting as an extraordinary painting.

For lunch I’d go to an Italian restaurant and of course, have some pasta – if you know me this part won’t surprise you haha. I’d indulge in some spaghetti pomodoro or spaghetti with veggies and a glass of white wine and me and my mother would sit outside and watch people walk by as we eat and talk about everything that comes into our minds. My afternoon would then consist of an afternoon walk but no, I wouldn’t actually walk, I would explore a beautiful forest on the back of a horse because that makes it 10 times more interesting and I would feel as if I was part of nature. Last but not least, I would finish the day with a picnic in a park. I would invite all of my friends and everyone who is dear to me and we would just sit there, eat good food (which certainly involves nachos with plenty of guacamole), listen to music and talk about memories and about our day and we would all share what is at the bottom of our hearts. Oh and I would bring my polaroid camera along for this day and capture all the moments, even if I died the next day and would never see those pictures again. Because capturing the moment also means living in the moment.

That would be my idea of a perfect day and if that was the last day of my life I wouldn’t change a thing. No, I wouldn’t hop on the next plane to Hawaii or New Zealand, even if the hours of the flight didn’t count. Because as much as I love travelling and exploring, it is about the people and the connections we build over the years. And besides you can exploring near your hometown and feel just as fulfilled afterwards. Whilst I was sharing my perfect day I noticed something else: how easy it would be to have such a day or at least a similar one. So why not call your friends and organise that day you have always dreamt of? Why wait if we can make it happen? Why shouldn’t we occasionally live like there is no tomorrow? One thing is clear, I will definitely have pancakes for breakfast tomorrow.

What would your perfect day look like? x

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  • I have thought about this question before, but never come up with an answer! It's difficult because I think you can easily overthink the perfect day, whereas what you've just described is fairly simple and definitely achievable, but sounds so perfect! I would definitely spend it with my family and friends around me and pancakes definitely sound like a good idea!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

  • That's true, we often think the perfect would have to include something special but in reality there is no need for that. That sounds amazing! xx

  • Very intresting novel! Perfect day for me means all day spend with my husband and without any stressful cases and problems:)

    jointyicroissanty

  • That sounds fantastic! xx

  • What a thought provoking post! Italian food would definitely be on the menu for my perfect day! Have a nice weekend πŸ™‚

    Eden | Mint Notion

  • I've not read this book but I'm definitely going to it sounds really thought provoking πŸ™‚ WHat a lovely perfect day , I think i'd be with you on italian for lunch on my perfect day I'd probably cuddle a lot of cats and go swimming in the sea as well πŸ™‚

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Thank you! Without Italian food, it simply couldn't be the perfect day xx

  • You should, it's definitely worth a read! That sounds amazing, especially the part with that cats! Oh and swimming in the sea would be on my list too, just can't do that where I'm living. xx

  • Kay

    Ohh, this is such a lovely, thought-provoking post. πŸ™‚ My 'perfect day' would probably be quite similar to yours, I think. It wouldn't be about anything doing anything crazy or adventurous; it would probably just be about spending the time with the people that are closest to me. I also really like what you said at the end, about how easy it would be to actually spend a day like that. It makes me wanna go out and visit my parents, haha! Thanks for sharing, darling. πŸ™‚ <3 Never read that book before but it sounds very interesting, also. x

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com/

  • That book sounds interesting! I like this idea of thinking of the perfect day. I'm not sure what mine would be, really, but like you, it would involve having lovely conversations with family. And lots of laughter πŸ™‚

    / okaythanksmaria

  • That sounds fantastic! xx

  • Thank you, Kay, I'm really happy you liked it! That sounds perfect and I honestly think that this is what life is about. Haha I'm glad I could inspire you a bit, I'm sure your parents would love to see you! πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Such a great idea to think about and beautifully written as well. Your idea of the perfect day, with your loved ones around you just sounds exactly what it is 'perfect.' An excellent post!

    Shannon | http://www.shannonkims.com

  • Thank you, that means a lot! xx

  • Such a thought provoking post Mira, I have never read this book but would love to read it in the future. Your perfect day sounds amazing, I have never thought about what my perfect day would be like but it would be similar to yours as I would spend it with all my close family and friends. Wonderful post hun πŸ™‚ xx

    http://my-world-heather.blogspot.co.uk

  • Thank you, Heather, that means a lot to me! That sounds amazing and in the end our friends and family are all that matters xx

  • Mira, your writing is always inspiring to me. I have certainly thought about dead before, dead and how the last day of my life would probably be. A perfect day doesn't necessarily needs to be the last, there can be a lot of perfect days and it's such a great thing to think about, something nice to plan and make it happen, why wait? of course if can happen all of a sudden, but if there's something you've always wanted why not do it. I agree with you about not needing to go somewhere else to have a perfect day, I actually had never really though about it, it's like when they ask you, what would you do if you won the lottery? There's no need to go far to have a great time, no need to spend tons of money, all that it's needed is the people you love. I really enjoy reading your blog! Amazing post as always! btw, I can't believe I wasn't following you on bloglovin already! I just did and hopefully I will never miss a post!

    xx
    Ana
    Indie SunsΒ | Bloglovin'Β |Β Instagram

  • It does sound like a very thoughtful and deep book, which is sometimes what we all need. As for the perfect day, I think they exist all the time. It just depends on your mindset and what you deem to be perfect. We will always pick and look for flaws in everything, but that's not what perfection is.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Thank you, that really means a lot to me! And you're absolutely right, the perfect moment is hardly ever created by spending tons of money. And yes, if we want to do something, we should do it, there is no need to wait – it is like waiting for happiness. Thank you very much for your support! xx

  • It definitely is! And yes, you're absolutely right, it all depends on our mindset xx

  • This sounds perfect to me too, I love it! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

  • Great! xx

  • is it ever a bad time for Italian food…? haha really enjoyed this post Xx so glad to have found your blog!

    kynialikethecountry.blogspot.com

  • such an empowering and thought provoking post, love it! plus italian food is always a must πŸ™‚

    xx, rebecca
    awayinparadise.blogspot.de

  • No matter what the questions is, Italian food is always the answer haha xx

  • Thank you! xx

  • Such an emotional post! Even reading your post and thinking about this question that often pops into my mind, made me tear up! The book sounds like something I would enjoy, but it sounds like one of those ones I would struggle to read where I'd be crying so much lol!! God I can be such an emotional wreck sometimes!! I don't like to think about my last day too much, but briefly, for me it would also be perfect just spending it with Terry and my close immediate family and friends.

    Love Hannah xx

    http://www.HannahHawes.com

  • Haha don't worry about that, I wouldn't judge you, I also had a cry after finishing this book – and it's the emotional books that are the best ones, right? πŸ˜‰ That sounds perfect and it is amazing how we literally all have the same answer to this question xx

  • Wow, this is such a thoughtful post. I should definitely try to check out that book as well! This got me thinking about how my best days usually aren't big planned out days – they usually tend to happen in the little moments. Smiles in the sunset, walks with my dog, meals with friends and family. This post reminded me to try and fill my days with as many smiles, laughter and love as I can :).

    Nicky xx | http://www.curious-journeying.com

  • I'm really happy I could inspire you! And you're right, it is really is the little moments that make all the difference and it is about finding happiness in every single day xx

  • Pancakes and pasta? Exploring and horseriding? Family and friends? Some of the exact same things I would love.

    Raashi
    reflectionswithraa.blogspot.com.au

  • We really are quite similar. πŸ˜‰ xx