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We need to learn to be appreciative and grateful for everything we have and everything we are going to receive. If we all stopped for a moment and looked around us, we would find endless things we have that others are not as fortunate to have. People complain constantly about having an outdated model of a car or phone when we should just be grateful we have these things in the first place.Late this March my mom was in the passenger seat of her friend’s car as they drove to another friends house. They inched up the steep, wide avenue, wheels spinning momentarily before they regained traction, their wipers moving frantically over the windscreen. My Mother’s friend-Maya, couldn’t see, and before they knew it they had crashed head-on into a tree. When I heard the news I didn’t know how to process it, the tears burst forth like water from a dam, spilling down my face. I went to visit my mom at the hospital the next morning. I had never seen her like this before and it the thought of how much pain she was In made me tremble.I stumbled into the hallway, once that first tear broke free, the rest followed in an unbroken stream. I faced the wall with my palms pressing against it, I regretted every mean word I’d ever said to her, every time I ditched our movie nights to hang out with friends, and every goodbye I’d ever said without thinking it could be the last.After that, I promised myself to stop taking things for granted. I’d start by spending more time with the people I love. These are the people who are there for me when I’m at my best and also when I’m at my worst. I won’t take the love of my family or my friends for granted but will make spending time with them a priority. Related to spending time with people I love, I will encourage others to follow their dreams and anything is achievable if you put your mind to it. You really do not know how good you have it until it’s gone. For me, a quote from James Dean states perfectly why time can’t be taken for granted. He said, “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” I’m planning for a long life. Even so, I haven’t any time to waste. Nothing lasts forever, and before our fleeting life takes away from us what we fail to appreciate, we need to change our mindsets. Instead of attaching ourselves to the thinking that we need to keep adding to our life, we need to embrace the mindset that what we already have is quite enough. Life is too short to waste our time thinking about what we do not have. We obviously can survive without them; we have made it this far. Things do not make us happy, it is how we feel within ourselves that really matters. What you get out of life depends entirely on your attitude. The things that truly provide happiness are usually right in front of us. What we need to do it continuously remind ourselves where we’d be without them.

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