What would you die for?
It was a cool, breezy spring evening, with the fragrance of flowers in the air and butterflies of all colours flirting with the chaos of blooms everywhere. I still remember the sparkle in his eyes when he looked deep into mine, held my hand and said, “I can die for you.” My tender heart, all of 15 years beat so loudly that I was sure all the neighbour could hear it. I gulped down my nervousness, gave him a short smile, tugged my hand away from his clasp and ran! I ran as I had never run in any school race,I ran as if the devil was chasing me…. his words kept ringing in my ears, he could die for me… he could die for me… I was not sure I had wanted someone to die for me, I wanted him to love and live with me… but I could.not get any words from my dry mouth. So I ran. That was the first time I was faced with the words, ” I can die for.
That story ended as all teenage crushes do, and life moved on. But thereafter,over the years, I got to hear these words so often, in different places, diffferent contexts, from different people, for different reasons.
Today, I look back and wonder, do we really know the depth and immensity of the words we drop so casually…. what is it that is worth dying for?
What can you give up life for? And if to get that you need to give up life, then how can you get that and enjoy it? Is life so cheap that it can be traded for anything worldly? Or is any person worth trading your life For? Then what use would you be or your life be,to that person, if you a no more?
So, this question has followed me doggedly, over time,over millions of springs, million evenings and keeps prodding to me think, what would I die for?