As a 21 year old college student, there are many things in life I take for granted. Simple pleasures that I know someday I’ll miss greatly. Having roommates that I get along with really well, having a plethora of friends available to talk to all the time, even going to a great school like Michigan State gets taken for granted. One big thing I try not to take advantage of, is my family. I know, that if I don’t take advantage of the time I have with them, I will certainly regret it.
This morning, 8 year old Lacey Holsworth passed away from cancer. Yes, 8 years old..This is sending chills up my spine, and I’m having trouble writing this. My prayers and condolences to her, and the Holsworth family. I never had the privilege of meeting her, but her story has touched me more than I could have ever imagined.
All this morning, through my morning workout and even as I began to study for the day, I’ve been thinking about her. Thinking that she was 8 years old, and didn’t deserve what she was going through or what happened to her. It’s heartbreaking in all honesty. I can’t imagine going through that, and fighting that battle (especially at 8 years old). It’s made me think about a lot of things.
Mostly, I’ve thought about not neglecting the little things. Thinking that, maybe I can make every moment count. What if tomorrow never comes? It’s a harsh reality thinking about death, and moving on to the next life. But it’s inevitable and going to happen to all of us. We can’t stop it. But we can do our best to live our lives to the fullest. We can make life a better place for the ones we care about. This is how we make life worth living.
Wake up! Smell the roses, drink your coffee, work harder, laugh longer, stay later, put more effort and enthusiasm into everything you do. I know I’m going to try to. After all, we only have so much time, and how the hell can you even fathom wanting to waste it? This girl was 8 years old and lived her life with a smile on her face, seeing her superman Adreian Payne play basketball. She smiled, and smiled, and smiled some more capturing the heart of anyone who got to see that smile. I don’t know where life will take me, but I can promise I will add a little more enthusiasm everyday knowing that it could all be over before it even truly got started.
So I will end with this, even if you life to be 80 years old someday, you aren’t here for that long. The universe is 14 billion years old, and you’re here for maybe 80 years (if you’re lucky). This adorable princess only got 8, and that absolutely breaks my heart. So live with enthusiasm, and do something you’ve never done before because you may not get another chance. Take the time, get to know someone, you may be losing out on a great person if you don’t. Go out, spend some money, have more fun than you thought you would, because someday it could be over quicker than you thought. Most importantly, love the ones you’re around more than you ever thought you could. Invest in them, and reap the rewards that come with that. Because the greatest legacy you leave in life, isn’t something you can buy, it’s the imprint you leave on the people you love, and the time you spent with them.
Thanks for reading,