” We long for people when they are gone. Never when they are alive.” -Sidd Parmar
I believe in cherishing and appreciating your life and the people that you love and hold dear to your heart. I believe we become so acquainted and become indulged with our typical days and our ‘normal’ life that we forget about simply being appreciative of everything we have been given and all that has been done for us in our lives. We tend to say “I love you” or “Thank you”, but these are just words we throw around that have become as meaningless as the people who we say them to. We don’t take time out to appreciate where we are now and everything we have been blessed with, not realizing that there is a plethora of people out there who would give away their soul just to have the luxuries we do.
I remember the day as if it were a chilling nightmare, haunting me everywhere I go. It was Friday October 5, 2018. I had just got back from an outdoor education trip and my cousin had arrived to pick me up from school. Once we had left the school, she had told me sorrowful news.
Our great uncle passed away the night before while I had been on the field trip. Despite growing sick and being crippled by illness, having survived a stroke and many other conditions, no one had expected such a tragedy. She later told me that our cousin, who happened to be my great uncle’s grandson, was overcome with grief and had isolated himself from everyone. He was extremely distressed due to the fact that he had not gone to visit his grandfather for a prolonged period of time.
Hearing of such a tragedy and seeing as how to my cousin was mourning made me realize how I myself, have become so indulged with my life and my daily activities and my school work that I now tend to neglect appreciating people and all they have done for me. Particularly my grandfather. He is now 83 years old and has survived many episodes and has had multiple brushes with death. I realized how he won’t be here forever and someday he too will pass away. I realized that I should appreciate what I have and that I am here because no one is here on this Earth forever and we do not know when our time will come either. Or when the time of our loved one’s will come.
We omit this information out of our minds but when we lose something or someone valuable we say to ourselves “ Why didn’t I spend more time with you” and we become lost in our grief not realizing that we should’ve cherished them sooner.