May 4, 2016

I've had a bit of free time on my hands lately, and it's given me the chance to contemplate some nagging questions in the back of my mind.  The one that has been preoccupying my thoughts the most is, without a doubt:  "What am I doing with my life?"  It's a broad question, definitely, and it's one that can be hard for a fifteen-year-old to answer easily, but it's an important question nonetheless.

About a week ago, a girl who attended my school was killed in a wreck.  I didn't know her very well, but her story still struck a chord with me.  That girl was the same age as me when she died;  in fact, our places could've been swapped the night of that fatal wreck.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized that life is the most precious gift we've been given, and it's one that is easily taken for granted.

You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.:


I'll be honest:  I haven't been treating my life as gingerly as I should.  Simple tasks like ensuring that I drink enough water and exercising my body have fallen to the back burner.  The weekdays seem like perpetual races against time, and the weekends have become excuses for extreme laziness.  Reading that girl's story allowed me to really see how I've been "living" the life that I've been given.  If I were to die tomorrow, would I die knowing that I had spent my years trying to make the most of each day?

At this point in time, I couldn't give a resounding affirmative.  But that's going to change, starting now. From this point on, I'm going to cherish my life like never before;  I'm going to not only work hard to achieve my goals, but also recognize when I need to rest. I'm going to spend more time doing what I love with the ones I love, and I'm going to focus on happiness rather than boredom or pessimism.  I may not be able to guarantee myself a long life span or a string of successful achievements by taking this course of action, but I know that it will enable me to appreciate life in a wonderful new way.

My advice to you is simple.  I encourage you to value your life:  love it, hold on to it, and cherish it. Cherish the people who fill your days with happiness and joy.  You cannot predict how long you will be blessed with them, or even with life itself.


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