This I Believe

Emily - La Quinta, California
Entered on May 31, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: carpe diem
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I believe in living life to the fullest because you never know which day is going to be your last. There are so many relationships and opportunities in our lives that will not be around forever, but not everyone comes to realize that fact. I believe in never taking those things for granted, because in a blink of an eye everything can drastically change. For example, one minute you can be planning your 18th birthday party and the next thing you know your told that due to your health, you might not make it.

When you are one of those people who likes to live life to the fullest you often catch yourself wondering “if I died tomorrow would I feel satisfied with my life as a whole”, or “do I feel that I have accomplished and experienced everything that I have ever wanted to in my years of being alive?” I truly believe that throughout life everyone meets at least one person who feels that they live their life to the fullest and are not afraid to express that to anyone. I am proud to say that I am one of those people. For example, I try to accomplish every goal that I have ever had in my life and as a whole I always try to have a huge smile on my face at all times.

Many people in our society have different lives as well as different ways of dealing with life and the everyday occurrences that it brings. For example, I recently experienced having a life threatening condition. I found out that I had cancer. I was told that it was possible I wouldn’t be able to attend my senior prom, which made me feel all different types of emotions that I do not often feel. I felt very scared, sad, depressed, and over whelmed with life over all. Eventually having had a successful recovery, I now try to appreciate things that are thrown at me, and make the best of them. I also try to not think about what the future holds. I believe that if I live for today, if I live in “the now”, I won’t regret anything when I am on my death bed, whether that be at the end of next month or at the end of the century.

I’ve learned to love and appreciate those around me, and know that those that have helped me through my cancer and were there throughout my recovery process truly care about me as a person. Even though I like to live life to the fullest , and live for today, those people have affected me so greatly that in the future, they’ll still be of significance to me. Everyone throughout their lives comes across a milestone and I personally feel that dealing with cancer was mine. I think it was a test of strength and heart and now I know that god was testing me to inform me that I should live life to the fullest and never forget that.

In conclusion I believe in living our lives to the fullest and never giving up in life no matter what the circumstances may be. Life passes by at a fast pace and nobody is ever truly prepared for time to fly the way that it does, but that is why when I live my life to the fullest I am never unprepared for everything to change in that famous “blink of an eye”.