Nora Knows

“You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting short and you can’t put things off, thinking you’ll get to them someday. If you really want to do them, you better do them…So I’m very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing, so that you can do a great deal of it.

You know when my close friend died, you know—we always played the game, What would your last meal be? Mine happens to be a Nate ‘n Al’s hot dog. But Judy was dying of throat cancer, and she said, I can’t even have my last meal.

And that’s what you have to know: If you’re serious about it, have it now. Have it tonight, have it all the time, so that when you’re on your death bed, you’re not thinking, Oh, I should have had more of Nate ‘n Al’s hot dogs.” —Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012), interviewed on NPR November 9, 2010

FigsNora knows: Whatever it is you love, do it now, as much of it as you can, now. Savor the moment—the people you love, the food you love, the work you love, the beauty before you.


About Cristina

Urban Addict: London, San Francisco, Portland, Paris. Island Girl: Manila, Manhattan, Maui. Life-long: Writer. Reader. Artist. Dancer.
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2 Responses to Nora Knows

  1. Dan Richards says:

    Love what you said. Life is so short and to miss out on it is so sad. Keep up the writing.


    • Cristina says:

      Thank you, Dan. Even though she’s gone, Nora Ephron continues to inspire me–her writing and her sense of humor, her zest for life and, in this case, her wisdom–help keep me anchored in Now.


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