Student Stories

Never take life for granted

Victoria Thomas
Posted 7/16/17

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by recent eighth-grade students at Cleveland Middle School.

I have been told time and time again that you never know what …

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Never take life for granted

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Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by recent eighth-grade students at Cleveland Middle School.

I have been told time and time again that you never know what tomorrow brings, but it never hits you until something shows you what it really means, and once it does, it either becomes a lesson, or a regret. For me, it started out as a regret, but I turned that regret into a lesson for me and possibly even you reading this.

A few days ago, I realized how much I take for granted in my life, after I lost a lifelong companion, Patches, my cat. I'm not sure if it's because of privilege, lack of empathy, or sheer ignorance, but no matter what it is, I can't help but to blame myself. At the time of her passing, all I could feel was the suffocation of guilt. Even though we are our greatest critic, I felt as if I didn’t cherish her as I should've and didn’t give her a proper life. Quite honestly, I had no clue what my topic was going to be for this article, until during my grieving, this idea dawned upon me. I would give her a greater life purpose, the justice she deserved, and dedicate this to her.

What if you found out that someone very important to you passed away just an hour ago? Did you leave that last conversation on a good note? People sometimes just walk away in anger after a fight, and never resolve their issues with each other. It can break someone if they know that that person's last memories of you consisted of conflict, or the fact that you were irritated, dismissive, or negligent. Try to end every conversation you have in some type of positive way, because you never know what could happen tomorrow.

Not only that, but you have to care for yourself as well. Quite a few people don’t see their life as valuable, for one reason or another. Even though you may not believe you're worth something, you are. Even if you feel as if you shouldn't exist, you should, and live your life to the fullest for the people you love, and most importantly, yourself. Use every moment that you can to somehow make progress to something better and seize the day before the day seizes you.

All in all, I can just hope that I changed some of your outlooks on life. Even if I didn't, this experience changed my perspective on the whole issue of living like it's your last day, and hopefully it stays that way.

"Take pride in what is sure to die." — Tyler Joseph

Victoria Thomas will be a freshman at Cleveland High School this fall.

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