Live Life to the Fullest

Diego - San Diego, California
Entered on May 1, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Up until a few months ago, my life was pretty predictable. I would rise out of bed at six in the morning and wouldn’t be back in bed until almost midnight depending on the circumstances. While I was awake and going through my day I was either at school working to get my degree in political science or at my job putting in long and what almost seemed like endless hours to pay for school and other living expenses.

I was always busy and always doing something that was more important than having fun. My friends often told me that I worked too much and had too much on my plate, but all of this just seemed normal to me and I figured that it would help me out in the long run when I had to choose my career and would have to put in the long days in order to advance myself. While the average person my age was out partying and having fun, I was busy and always tied down to my responsibilities and completely disregarded having fun.

Then one day I witnessed my boss at work have an accident resulted in her falling down and hurting her self badly. The injury gave her three herniated discs in her lower back. Now this woman, my boss, I have known for over a decade and she was always on the move and always busy like I was. She was a major role model to me and I looked up to her with great pride. I guess it would be safe to say that I developed my busy habit from her. But this fall changed her life forever because she could no longer do any of the things that she wanted to do without experiencing pain or discomfort. As for the plans she had for her retirement, they were gone and she no longer had the physical ability to do any of these things.

This accident brought me to the realization that life is fragile and that I am not going to be capable of do everything that I can do now forever. This accident forced me to see that I need to enjoy my life as much as possible while I still can because tomorrow is never promised. To live everyday on this earth to the fullest and to experience all that I can is a precious gift and it is one that will not always be around. I may have learned a lot from this women about working hard for what I want in life but the most important thing that I learned from her was to not put off my life and to have a balance between work and play. Life is way too short. I must enjoy my life while I can and to have working on an equal playing field as having fun. This I believe.