This I Believe

Tericca - Monticello, Kentucky
Entered on September 29, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: carpe diem

I believe you should live life to its fullest, and never take anything for granted. I don’t want to face the future with regrets of what I could have done, but didn’t.

Shortly after I was born, my parents got a divorce and my father moved away. I remember one summer I went to visit. I was staying at my grandma’s house; I was shy around my dad, because I was never around him although I had plenty of chances to visit. I guess I was also a little mad at him because he left and never came around and I didn’t understand why.

I did spend time with him, it was the second time I was going to stay there without my brother and sister. They had come up and visited for a week, but they had to go back home, I was staying the summer. The day they left, my dad and I spent the day together, we had a lot of fun. We talked and joked, it was almost like we had always been around each other. That night before he took me back to my grandmas, he apologized for leaving, for never visiting, for never being there for anything important in my life. He told me that time and time again he wanted to come back for us, to make us a family again, but he said he couldn’t do that because he had started a new family, and he didn’t want to make the same mistake again. So we made plans for the future, a future of being together. I wasn’t going to move there, but we would still talk to each other, there would be phone calls and letters. We also both promised to visit each other more often He told me that there was so many things in life he had wanted to do, but passed it up and he may never have the chance to experience it again. He told me of all the plans that he had for the future and how exciting it was to live life never knowing what to expect. He told me he wanted me to experience the most out of life, and that I shouldn’t care what anybody else thinks you have got to have fun for yourself; it is your life after all. He told me he wanted me to live my life to the fullest, take everything that comes my way with a smile on my face, keep the ones I love close to me, to be wild, to never run away from my problems, to never pass up something crazy and fun that I wanted to do, and to never take anything for granted. Later that night, me and my half sister was catching up on everything during a game of rummy, when we heard the phone ring. I hear my grandma answer the phone from the other room, and after a few minutes she came and told us that our dad had died in his sleep.

Five years ago when I was thirteen I learned you have to cherish everything you are given. Live everyday like it’s your last, live it so you will die with no regrets, and never take anything for granted.