Live Like There’s No Tomorrow

Jessica is a 14-year-old high school student from Cerritos, CA. She enjoys going to concerts, listening to music, and playing basketball.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?  I would say “Life’s too short, so live it.”  I know right, how cliché of me?  But if you think about it, it’s not like you get a dress rehearsal for everything you do in life.  You only get one chance, so do whatever you want to do. Go and live your life!

A recent tragedy struck my school with a passing of a student. She was a victim of a hit and run accident just a block away from our school. The unfortunate disaster happened on a street that many students cross everyday.  It was so unexpected. We always see catastrophes like these on television, but you never think it could happen to someone at your school. This fiasco was like a slap in the face.  Even though I didn’t know the victim very well, this incident caused me to think more about what I want and need to accomplish in this journey called life. The victim, Sydney Ramirez, probably had plans later that day and in the near future. Now it is impossible to fulfill them.

Every morning that week, in our first period classes, the teachers would keep us up to date with the latest on Sydney. She was on life support for a couple days, and the family’s budget wasn’t immense enough to keep paying the daily charges, so unfortunately they had to pull the plug. To raise money our school had bake sales, car washes, and other special events where all the earnings would go to the Ramirez family. There is even a memorial for her at a nearby park. We had a couple prayers there for her during that week of agony. She will never be forgotten.

Don’t hold yourself back from something you want to do. That thing may be staying home from a night out and studying just a little bit longer for that test, not talking to someone across the room, standing up for yourself, or perhaps something crazy like dancing in the rain.  If you want to do it, just do it! If you don’t do something you know you are going to regret it, and then it will always be in your mind. “Oh, why didn’t I do this..?” or “Why didn’t I do that..?” It’ll start to annoy you. You don’t always get a second chance. I guess what I’m trying to say is live your life to the fullest, because you never know what will happen just around the corner.

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One Response to “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow”

  1. DR
    December 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Taking Sydney off of life support had NOTHING to do with the hospital costs. To refer to it as pulling the plug, is quite insensitive and hurtful to the people who loved her.

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