If today was your last day

“It’s the edge of the world and all of western civilization.”
— Red Hot Chili Peppers

Little over 10 miles from One Infinite Loop, Apple’s headquarters, is the city of Palo Alto. It is a quiet place, serene and beautiful. There is a calmness in the air that permeates into you. The buildings and urban design give you the feeling of being in a township, a sort of modern village. Because a village at its core is about community and belonging.

Stanford is nestled here. It is surrounded by unassuming, almost zen like, gardens. For a place that is at the leading frontier, it dons no airs except a sense of timelessness emanating from the rough-hewn stonework, red tiled roofs, and palm trees adorning the landscape. You feel like you belong here and some part of you always remains there.

Certain events in life clear the fog and put things in perspective. If today was my last day, I would take the first flight to Palo Alto, go to Stanford, and spend my remaining time there. If I could attend some classes, any class, that would be fantastic. I want my last memories to be here, surrounded by the physical embodiment of the knowledge and ideals that push the human race forward.