Live every day like it’s your last. People say it, but how do we really apply it?
On March 8, 2018, I experienced something I never could've imagined. One of my friends from my old school committed suicide.
No one expected it, and no one knew what to do.
I had so many questions when I found out she was gone. How does someone once so vibrant, who shed light into the lives of everyone she encountered, leave this world? Why did she not reach out to someone? How could I have helped? Why did I not say anything? Why didn’t anyone help her?
It seemed like just yesterday that we were laughing and joking around at track practice, talking about boys, homework, and any other topic under the sun. I felt like her death wasn’t real.
A few short days later I attended her funeral. One of the most amazing things I saw that day was the amount of my former classmates in attendance. My class was always smaller. Students would come and go as the years went by. But when I showed up at the funeral, I saw 98% of the students that had at one point attended school with her. It was amazing that we were all back together, but unfortunately it was for the worst reason imaginable. I wish we could have all gotten together with her and been there for her when she was still alive.
As days passed following the funeral, I started to think back on the time I shared with her. I could have never guessed that this was going to happen in a million years. I had seen her just a few short weeks before at youth group.
The fact that no one knew she was considering ending her life got me thinking. I see thousands of faces every day in the hallways of my school. Who knows what’s going on inside each person’s brain? No one. Maybe if one person would’ve just stopped and asked her how her day was, or even just smiled at her while passing in the hallway things would be different. I’ll never know. But I do know that maybe if I smile at one person in the hallway, or ask someone how their day is, it may flip their day around.
We cannot change the past, but we can change the future. One simple act of kindness can go a long way.
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