Gabriel García Márques: Farewell Letter

12.02.201619:35 In order to understand Marques, his works and life, it is sufficient to read a short farewell letter. Marques managed to communicate with it all those warrants of happiness, we usually forget to use in our everyday life, the essential part of which is love.


If for a moment God would forget that I am a rag doll and give me a scrap of life, I would not say everything that I think, but I would definitely think everything that I say.

I would value things not for how much they are worth but rather for what they mean.

I would sleep little, dream more. I know that for each minute that we close our eyes, we lose sixty seconds of light.

I would listen when the others speak, and how I would enjoy a good chocolate ice cream.

I would walk when the others loiter; I would awake when the others sleep.

If God would bestow on me a scrap of life, I would dress simply, I would throw myself flat under the sun, exposing not only my body, but also my soul.

 

Читай українською: Габрієль Гарсія Маркес: лист на прощання

 

To all men, I would say how mistaken they are when they think that they stop falling in love when they grow old, without knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love.

My God, if I had a heart, I would write my hatred on ice and wait for the sun to come out. With a dream of Van Gogh I would paint on the stars a poem by Benedetti, and a song by Serrat would be my serenade to the moon.

With my tears I would water the roses, to feel the pain of their thorns and the incarnated kiss of their petals

My God, if I only had a scrap of life… I wouldn’t let a single day go by without saying to people I love, that I love them. I would convince each woman or man that they are my favorites and I would live in love with love.

I would prove to the men how mistaken they are in thinking that they no longer fall in love when they grow old – not knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love.

To a child I would give wings, but I would let him learn how to fly by himself.

To the old I would teach that death comes not with old age but with forgetting.

I have learned so much from you men. I have learned that everybody wants to live at the top of the mountain without realizing that true happiness lies in the way we climb the slope.

I have learned that when a newborn first squeezes his father’s finger in his tiny fist, he has caught him forever.

I have learned that a man only has the right to look down on another man when it is to help him to stand up. I have learned so many things from you, but in the end most of it will be no use because when they put me inside that suitcase, unfortunately I will be dying.

Say always what you feel, not what you think.

If I knew that today is the last time that that I am going to see you asleep, I would hug you with all my strength and I would pray to the Lord to let me be the guardian angel of your soul.

If I knew that these are the last moments to see you, I would say “I love you.”

There is always tomorrow, and life gives us another opportunity to do things right, but in case I am wrong, and today is all that is left to me, I would love to tell you how much I love you and that I will never forget you.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed to anyone, young or old. Today could be the last time to see your loved ones, which is why you mustn’t wait; do it today, in case tomorrow never arrives. I am sure you will be sorry you wasted the opportunity today to give a smile, a hug, a kiss, and that you were too busy to grant them their last wish.

Keep your loved ones near you; tell them in their ears and to their faces how much you need them and love them. Love them and treat them well; take your time to tell them “I am sorry,” “forgive me, please,” “thank you,” and all those loving words you know.

Nobody will know you for your secret thought. Ask the Lord for wisdom and strength to express them.

Show your friends and loved ones how important they are to you.

Send this letter to those you love. If you don’t do it today…tomorrow will be like yesterday, and if you never do it, it doesn’t matter either, the moment to do it is now.

 

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