I Believe That Everyday Should Be Lived to The Fullest

Danielle - LaGrange, Illinois
Entered on February 25, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: carpe diem

People have always said, life goes by with a blink of and eye. When people do not enjoy those little things that not everyone has the opportunity to experience, they forget the true meaning of life. People have no control over their destiny, or where they could be tomorrow, or a year from now. This is why, I believe, that everyday should be lived to its fullest.

The reason why I say this is because I hold someone close to my heart that never had the chance to experience life to the fullest. I had a set of twin sisters born on October 20, 1993. They were delivered right after my mom went in for an ultrasound and the doctors found that the twins’ heart beats were dropping rapidly. First came Ashley Belle, then Aimee Marie. My mother was not even allowed to hold them in her arms, as they were whisked away by doctors to be operated on. For the next 6 months, my mom and dad were in and out of the hospital, my two little sisters fighting every day with the little they had to come home. On December 15, 1993 Aimee came home for the first time. Although at the time I was really little, videos show love surrounding us all when Aimee first came through the doorway. Ashley, on the other hand, was still in the hospital. The daily visits continued, as my mom and dad were constantly with her, helping her to not give up just yet. It was a game of push and shove until April of 1994, when Ashley had fought enough. Her heart was finished with fighting, and her lungs could not take the pain. It was the brave decision of my mother’s to take her off of the life support that was keeping her alive since she was born. That day that Ashley left us, she taught us all a lesson. Never would my sister learn to ride a bike, sit on Santa’s lap, have a birthday party, or even have sunlight touch her face. My mother refers to her as an angel sent to us, because she taught us a lot of things. She taught us to never take things for granted, because you never know what could happen tomorrow or a year from now. She inflicted upon us a kind of love that is everlasting. Most importantly, she reminds us that everyday is a gift to be able to live, and should not be taken for granted.

I want this to teach us all to go out and live life. Tell the ones you love, that you love them. Enjoy the sunrises and sunsets, smile at things that make you happy. Do it for those who will never receive the chance to. Everyday is a blessing that should be lived out to the fullest with the ones you love.