Why I Think Life Is Precious

Why I Think Life Is Precious

It is an interesting concept to truly understand that we only have one life to live, so how will you choose to live it?

This past week, I experienced heartbreak, and not even over a situation that involved me. A couple of days ago, the son of my parents' very close friends from college passed away in a car accident. I was in the room when my mom got the news. I watched my mom's fists clench and her heart sink. As tears rolled down her face she said, "I was there when they named him...how could this possibly happen."

My heart broke.

My heart broke for my mom, for his family, and for him.

As I did know him when I was younger, I felt a deep ache in my heart. How could the world do this to his parents? He was their only child.

After lots of thought and contemplation, I thought maybe this is a wonderful time to reflect on my life, his life, their lives and the world that is working each and every day surrounding me. Sadly, sometimes these tragic things have to happen on this planet to think more deeply and appreciate how lucky we truly are.

Why I think life is precious...

Why do you think our time here is important?

It is an interesting concept to truly understand that we only have one life to live, so how will we live it?

I believe that we all are put here for a reason. I'm not sure for what, how, and why, but I know for a reason and a purpose. It is crazy that we have so many questions about how, but at the end of the day, we will never know. So it comes down to living the best day, the best week, and the best moments that you choose to live.

Life is precious because we are given each day as a chance.

We have the freedom to completely live as we want, dream endless amounts of dreams and love the people we want to love. We are able to do all of this because we have another day.

We are given each and every day to prove to the world that we are here for a reason. We are smart, youthful, encouraging, and feel like we can make a difference.

It can be hard to show love sometimes. After being around the same family and same group of people for several years it can be so easy to feel comfortable and stop sharing your appreciation for their love.

Sometimes, peoples' journeys will end before yours, and what would you do if you felt you lacked telling them how much you truly appreciated and loved them? We are put in this life to share our love, to share our lives, and to be vulnerable. What else are we waiting for?

How beautiful is it that we are always moving forward? I feel so lucky that I am on a planet where we are constantly becoming greater, constantly improving and always have a chance to move on, move forward, and try new things.

Gratitude can truly change a person's day. How magical is that? By complimenting one another, encouraging each other, and thanking one and another, we could change someone's day.

Inclusion is so important here. Think about this...could you imagine being on this earth alone? Impossible. So why do we spend so much time as humans making people feel alone, judged, and sad? We have no right to not include, not help, or ignore others. This is our one life to meet as many people as possible and to learn the incredible gifts others have and what they have to offer us.

Life is precious...what are you going to do about it?

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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PSA: Self Care Is More Than Face Masks And Bubble Baths

It's actually taking care of yourself.


When you think of self-care, you probably think of all those posts on Instagram and Pinterest of a girl sitting in a bathtub reading a book. And while that's great sometimes, that's not exactly self-care. Self-care is more than that.

First off, self-care is taking care of your mental health. If you were up late last night studying for a test, it's OK to say no to going out with friends the next day. Sometimes, it's more important to take care of yourself instead of trying to do it all. I know, I get FOMO too. But, we have to understand that taking care of ourselves should be our first priority. You never want to overdo it. This is probably the most important thing to remember, that it is 100% okay to say no.

Another thing that is a big part of self-care is letting it all out. Whether that be journaling or just venting to a friend, it's important to never keep all your emotions bottled up. As far as journaling goes, there's no right way to do it. Just spill all your emotions onto paper and you'll feel a lot better, trust me. If something is bothering you, write it down or tell a friend what's going on. If you keep to yourself, everything will eventually become too much that you just lose it.

Remember to stay positive. Tell yourself positive affirmations each day. Telling yourself things as simple as "I am beautiful" or "I got this" can really be a great reminder. Look up positivity quotes and read a few, listen to an uplifting song, or read a chapter of a book that makes you feel good. All of these things are small ways that can help your mental health.

Surround yourself with people that make you feel good. If you're around people who bring you down, that's not going to help you in any way. Spend time with people that are good for your mental health. But, also remember to take time alone.

It's important to always be mindful of yourself. Self-care is important, and taking care of your mental health is the most important aspect of it. While face masks and bubble baths can be fun and relaxing, always make sure you take time to check up on your mental health as well. That's what self-care TRULY is.

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