As I wait in anticipation for the street light to turn green, my hand tapping impatiently on the steering wheel, I watch in awe as one car from the other side of the intersection speeds through the red light. In an instant, I watch as two cars smash together and one car flips three times through the air and lands on its back. Immediately, an ambulance rushes to the scene and pulls out two people from the car that flipped over. A small child is carried onto a stretcher and rushed into the ambulance, and what looks like a father, is pulled out of the driver’s seat and thrown into a body bag.
Many times in life, people can take advantage of what they have. Teenagers are usually the majority of society that can neglect the fact that their life can change in a split second. They tend to rebel against their parents and the occasional “I hate you!” may slip out. But no one notices that there is this one tiny piece of happiness and fate that placed everyone in the life they can’t seem to appreciate now. Once a life changes dramatically like winning the lottery, or experiencing the death of a loved one, life will never be the same.
A major life changing experience has the power to change a person’s personality completely, for the better or for the worse. A person may end up to be greedy or compassionate.
Appreciation can move a long way. Telling people that they are appreciated gives them a sense of hope and joy, and will demolish that sense of “regret” if they disappear suddenly. In the blink of an eye, a person may find himself or herself in a parallel universe to what they are used to. One moment matters couldn’t have been flowing better, and in another moment a person could be diagnosed with cancer. And now he or she is probably thinking, “There is no way this is happening to me. There’s so many things I wanted to do.” or “I don’t have time for this.” But one thing is for sure, their life and their loved ones, will change forever, no matter if he or she survives or not.
Many times people wish they can return to their old life, or “re-live” a moment. They would do anything for someone to reappear into their lives. And wish everyday upon a star to anything, to anyone out there, to restore their life back to the way it was. Back to normal. But, no matter how much a person tries or how many times a person wishes, about 99.99% of the time, life goes on. Now it is a matter of choosing to accept it or not; living happily, or spending the rest of life miserably.
It is normal to miss the old “better” life someone had, but spending the rest of life “hating” someone or just in pure regret will often lead to depression. “Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place” (Mandy Hale).