Live Your Life

Kristen - South Pasadena, California
Entered on February 10, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: carpe diem
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Life is brief. You might be wondering why I say that. I do realize that I am only thirteen years old. But, I have also been in a near-death experience where I thought I was going to die. This August, my family decided to take a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. My parents decided that since we’ve never been there, then why not? On the connecting plane ride from Dallas [Texas] to Orlando [Florida], everything was just fine. My mom and sister were in one row, and my dad, brother and I were in another. We had the privilege to be seated with out own entertainment screens, so my brother and I decided to watch Iron Man. The plane ride was fine, but something went amiss.

Everything was smooth until the plane shook a little bit. That was no big deal. Then, it shook more, and more. The plane was going up and free-fell down. It felt as if I were on the Tower of Terror at Disneyland! My family and all the passengers on the plane were seriously terrified. The look on my family’s face made me so worried and sad. We almost all burst into tears. We hugged and said, “I love you so much” to each other. Others were praying. The flight attendant was trying to clam the crowd down, but really, anyone could tell he was panicking with us. My dad uttered, “This is it.” We were going to die.

All of a sudden, the turbulence stopped. People were still in tears and saying their goodbyes, and “see you on the other side.” But then, we all realized that we were alive. My family and the flight attendant were so shocked; we were speechless. Everything was going to be just fine.

The story I just told really happened. Although you might not feel the emotion behind it, it was very scary. My near-death experience taught me an important lesson: Live Life to the Fullest. No one knows when their time will come, so think of today as a new day, a gift. An unknown person once said, “Yesterday was history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”

Because I have experienced this moment in my life, I have learned that I should live life to the fullest because life can be taken away at any moment. I have appreciated my friends and family more. I have also learned to cherish the small moments in life. I also take more pictures and look back at fun memories. I meet with friends more often and talk to them a lot more. Also, I try to do everything I can. For example, I will try some experiences I might not be able to do later on. And, from what we know, we only live one life on this earth. Will tomorrow ever come? No one knows for sure. So, say “I love you” to the people you love, talk to yours friends, and study hard. Do everything to live your life to the fullest. My story shows that anyone can die anytime and it’s not up to them when they will pass on. So, with that said, Live Your Life.