A Long Life Is Not A Guarantee

Life is precious. Life is unpredictable. Life is unfair. Life is beautiful.

A few days ago my best friend of 25 years was in a serious car accident. Her car flipped over onto the opposite side of the highway. She was stuck in the car, upside down. There were a group of heroes who stopped their cars and helped her crawl out of the window. She was rushed to the hospital. She is okay. I believe she has guardian angels.

When I think about life, the first thing that comes to mind are all the extraordinary people in my life. Then, I ponder what my life would look like without certain people in it. It just wouldn’t be the same. I wouldn’t be the same.

Life can be scary because death is a part of life. At my young age, I think about the future moments that I will have with all of my wonderful friends. I can’t envision my future without them. I feel like I shouldn’t have to. Even though it is not worth the emotional energy thinking about life without certain peers, it allows me to appreciate them even more. Day after day, I am grateful for the people in my life.

I have grown up with this friend. We talk about anything and everything. We are there for each other through it all and always will be. She is a remarkable human being. The thought of losing her makes my stomach turn and I truly couldn’t imagine my life without her. I’m so incredibly grateful that she’s okay. It makes me happy that we’ve chosen to have a rich friendship full of amazing experiences and this is another reminder as to why this needs to continue.

I never want it to take near death experiences for me to be reminded of how fragile life is. A long life is not a guarantee, but a beautiful, fun, creative, fulfilling, inspiring, purposeful, and loving life can be.