Live for Today
Everyone experiences a significant moment in their life that shakes their every belief.
For me, this moment came when I was 17 years old.
I had come home from school and received a phone call from a friend. She told me that two of my good friends were in a car accident. OK breathe, I thought. "Are they ok? Where are they right now?" I asked. My friend was silent on the other end. I waited. "Joti, they aren't ok. They didn't make it." She said to me. I nearly fell to the floor.
In complete denial, I logged onto my computer and was immediately flooded with panicked messages from my friends, followed by numerous phone calls. Trying to process the news, my doorbell rang. Another friend of mine was in pieces at my doorstep. I think this was the moment that I finally realized the reality of the situation. I broke down and the next few days from that moment onward were a blur. I went from the hospital, to school, to the funeral in a zombie-like state.
In the midst of tragedy, I think we cope by shutting off our emotions. Well, I did anyway.
It took me a fair bit of time to deal with the whole situation. I couldn't understand why something like this would happen to two such young and innocent people. I questioned my beliefs and the meaning of everything. To this day, I still can't say that I have 100% dealt with it.
However, I must say that I have come out of it a lot stronger. I've realized that life isn't meant to be taken so seriously. We need to take a step back and enjoy it. I try to live my life to the fullest and not regret anything that I do. If this is the one life that I have been given, I want it to be spontaneous, full of love, laughter and happy memories.