“You never know when your last day on Earth will be, make the best out of everyday.” My mother told my brother and I the night before tragedy struck. I went to bed on that quiet night in May; woken up by a terrible and heartbreaking nightmare. The nightmare was composed of my cousin, Travis, dying in a car crash. Staying awake for ten more minutes to receive a phone call that my nightmare has become a reality. Being only 14 years old, I couldn't quite grasp the idea that my best friend, my other brother, and my big cousin has just left all of us forever. For the next 5 years of my life, I applied my mothers saying, “you never know when your last day on Earth will be, make the best out of everyday” to everything I did/do. Travis would have never known his last day on Earth would be May 21st, 2012, only 19 years old. Life can be taken away from us in split second; so why don't we live each day like its our last? Why do people take love and life for granted? Sadly, it takes tragedy to make people realize that tomorrow is not granted.
I was six years old when Travis moved out of our house. Thinking he was my brother until then, I was surprised when my mom said, “Tell your cousin bye, Brookie.”. Since the day he moved out, he continued to be my very best friend. Calling him every night, upset about family issues, school work, the fight I had with my friend that day, he was there for me every single night getting me through it all; then as soon as my life got much more hard,
It is inevitable that we will all die it is a fact that everyone must come to terms with. There comes a time in everyone’s life that they must face death; a friend’s tragic accident, a family member’s passing or their own battles with diseases. When faced with the idea of death people will act in different ways some may find it therapeutic to apologize for the negative they have done, some may want to spend time with loved ones to ease the future pain, and others may decide that their life was not what they believed. The story Death Constant Beyond Love tells us about a man named Senator Sanchez who is living a happy life with his wife and five kids. That is until he is told by doctors that he only has a short time to live. Death is
Last year 23 September 2012. I had a resident called “Mrs X” she was a 72year-old widowed living at ---, a Nursing Care Home. She’s not a religious type of person as she was Atheist. She has lived in the home for the past two years, and during that time I was assigned as her key worker. Mrs X had One Son and 3 grand daughters they are all regular visitors to the home. She has recently been diagnosed with renal failure, and her life expectancy is only a couple of months without dialysis. In the past Mrs X has made it clear that when her “time comes” she wants to be able to stay at Belmont House, and “go quietly”. She has stated that she does not want any treatment that will prolong her life. This means
I once read a book about a guy who believes that everyone gets a tragedy at some point in their life. I never thought this could be true, because some people have great lives, and even if they do not how would they decide what the single hardest moment was? Recently my father passed away, and I realized you do not get to decide, you just know. This had been the hardest point in my life, however, the same book taught me that good things can come out of any bad experience if you look for them. Before I could see that I had to deal with many things, such as realizing he was really gone, going to his funeral, and going back to school. I also had to cope with the fact that I would never have the chance to change the relationship I
This made me think about what I would do if my mother died. I believe I would probably be very sad, but I would also keep moving in life. I can’t just stop what I am doing because someone has died -- my aunt’s death already taught me that. Everyone has to go sometime; that time will come sooner or later -- it’s inevitable. Starting anew every time someone close dies is a bad idea, because one will never get anything done that way. (84
Keeping a person alive by excessive treatment might devastate the family and make the dying suffer tremendously in the end. “Advance medical technology that seems to one person a godsend, extending life, may seem to another a curse that only prolong dying. Dignity can be devalued amid technology focused solely on the biological organism.”
I remember he was the only person who would talk to me while I was broad. Reason being, he worked in the night, and with the time difference, it was perfected. I am so glad I had Travis to talk to, I would share all of my wishes, desires, and dreams with him. After I got back from Australia and graduate college, Travis was right there on my graduation day.
Death is a sensitive topic that most don’t enjoy bringing up. And I understand why. But sometimes it’s best to deal with the topic of death head on. As Randy Pausch said in The Last Lecture, “...when there’s an elephant in the room introduce it”. So here is the elephant: everyone alive now will die one way or another. It’s the unfortunate truth that human life is fragile and one can die as quickly as they were born. However, while death may make you feel somber, just because you will die one day doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the time that you have left. Abraham Lincoln once said, “In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years,” and this quote is very true. As the quote implies, although it is uncertain
He hasn't always had a perfect life that always goes his way but he's always gave me advice about life even when he was going through a struggle he was still there for me. His struggles in life has made me realize that no matter what you go through in life you can make it out just fine if you have a positive attitude. As long as you have a positive attitude you can get through any struggle in life you just have to be positive about it even if your life is falling apart. My brother Zachary is my Michigan hero even if we're three years apart and we might fight sometimes but no matter what we will always be the closet siblings out of the four of
Everyone knows that they are going to die eventually, but it’s what people do in between the time they open their eyes and when they close them that__________? Matters? Is important?. Life is full of trials; try and fail. People find things they love to do and they find things they don’t. When they find it their purpose, they master it. The pleasure of working towards fulfilling a purpose That pleasure is happiness and that is what life is for. To be happy, not in an immoral way but by doing what we love. That's what real happiness is. Does a person have to know they will die before they can live your life to the fullest? People “die” emotionally or mentally everyday .T and
Whenever something bad happened, i tried to stay positive. I never thought about negative, I looked forward to things like school because I can see my friends or going to church because i felt grown up going up for communion.. That was until I found out my grandma had to go to the hospital to battle lung cancer. I thought that everything was going to be fine, until I woke up one night to overhear my mother crying in the room next to mine. The walk across the dark hallway felt eerie, I knew on the other side came bad news, but I still went. As I enter a chill went down my back at the sight of my mother crying on the opposite side of the room. I ask her what's wrong, what she then told me changed my life forever. I never expected it. She made me happy, she gave the entire family joy, she didn't deserve it, but it happened. My grandma just lost the fight against lung cancer. I go back to my room in disbelief. Looking back at that moment I think of the line “Please don't let my soul drown in luxury.” from “Luxury” by Jon Bellion. The song shows that if you only focus on the good things in life, then you can't cope with the reality of life. Similarly to the way I focused on the positives in life and when loss came around, I couldn't deal with
I have always understood that life is uncertain, and what lies beyond our peripheral field of vision cannot be predicted fully. Regardless, it is still necessary for us to try our best to prepare ourselves for the future, leading me to incessantly plan for the worst-case scenario. It is never too early to be prepared, regardless whether it is useful or not, and I believed that I was prepared. Or so I thought. However, no amount of imagination and planning could possibly prepare a person for the process of loss and grief.
In the midst of undergoing a serious life-altering incident, one often experiences the feeling of a paradigm shift. It is amazing to see how our perspectives of the world shift when forced to reflect on what is truly important. Such is the way with death. Being near death causes a sharp realization of what is truly important in life--love of family and friends, faith in God, and making the world a better place to live in--and enables one to not merely accept this, but apply it to their life as well. All those typical, average daily worries and concerns about homework, professional careers, food, sleep, personal grooming, etc., while important and necessary in everyday life must seem unbelievably miniscule when the death has wiped ones
It is amazing how many things we take for granted. We make plans for the day, and don't think twice about how those plans can be taken away in the blink of an eye. I never thought much about it myself, until I was faced with the shock, and undeniable truth of my cousin's death. I don't think anyone really thinks about tragedy until they are actually faced with shocking news.
Some people don't realize how simple, yet complicated life is, that the point of it is not to ‘lose or win or become successful', but to die knowing that you have lived your life to the maximum and get the satisfaction from that. That you have created and destroyed, that you lived and the sun shone on you, and most importantly, that you left a footprint behind you.
It is unbelievable how we take things for granted. Plans are made for each day, and we do not think twice about those plans. Unfortunately, they can change in the blink of an eye. I never personally thought much about it, until I was faced with the shock and tragedy of the death