On October fourth 2016, my best friend's dad passes away unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm, he was like a second dad to me. I never realized how big of an impact he had on my life until he wasn’t there anymore. Because of this, I now have a whole new perspective on the people around me that I see every day, and how much they mean to me and how much I would miss them if I woke up one day and they weren’t there anymore. From that day on I’ve learned to cherish the time that I spend with my friends and family, because you never know when you’ll get to see them again or if you’ll ever see them again. Because time is not a given, it is a gift.
Submitted by Aidan Wineinger