Living Life to the Fullest

Ann - Westlake, Ohio
Entered on January 8, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: carpe diem
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Living Life to the Fullest

I believe that you must live your life to the fullest in every aspect of life. This may be a common thought that everyone has but I don’t think they see it on the level that I do. As its been said for many years life is just too short. I first really understood the concept when I had my first near death experience. I must have been around ten years old. I and my family all went out to Colorado to visit my family. We were at my aunt’s house laughing having a great time then my aunt Maura asks me if I’d like to go down to her neighbors barn to ride his horse. Of course I said yes with such excitement I trembled. So off we went me and my cousin to her neighbor’s barn. When we arrived we walked around he showed us everywhere then he saddled up the horse. Actually being there was a lot different from my thought. The horse was huge compared to my cousin’s and mine small size. The neighbor said ladies first and ushered me toward the horse. I was so nervous but I didn’t want to seem like a baby in front of my cousin so onto the gigantic horse I went. When I finally did get on top of him I felt so empowered, confident it was a real adrenalin rush. Out we walked to an open area where I could ride him. Everything was great until the horse got agitated for some reason. He started bucking and kicking and jumping. I was so scared then before I knew it I was on the ground my cousin ran over to help me get out of the way of the mad horse safely behind the security of the wooden fence. Once the neighbor got the horse under control he came over to make sure I was ok surprisingly I was more than ok I had a grim that went from ear to ear. The barn adventures ended there for the day. I thought about how sacred any other kid would have been and how much danger I had just been in. I watched TV I saw all those shows where the animals go wild and the person in the way nearly gets killed. Then after that thought I pondered about the whole rest of my life and how that was the most adventurous thing I had ever done. From then on I was an adventure seeking ball of fire that was ready to go! I know that I’m not going to live forever and if I don’t’ do something risky that I’ll regret it.