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April 29, 2014

Things can change so quickly

When tragedy happens I have learned that it is a ripple effect, in most cases.

In the last week, I have been a part of a “tragedy” and I have watched how it affects so many people. It is incredible how something can happen in a split second and change everything. It always seems to happen to everyone else, but then when it happens to you or someone very close, it’s totally different. You begin to see what someone else went through. Your heart is heavy for that person, you take a look at yourself and you become so thankful. Everything that you once thought was a big deal suddenly is like a grain of salt.

When tragedy strikes, it can flip everything upside down. When tragedy strikes, we don’t know why. If it’s not ourselves, we can’t know what someone else is going through. We haven’t been there, even if we’ve experienced our own deep pain. Everyone else experiences things differently.

Through all that has happened, I have learned a lot. With everything that we do and go through, time is of the essence. Time heals. We don’t know how long it takes, but eventually everything will work out the way its intended. Things may be a little different than they were before and that sometimes can be a good or bad thing. The important thing to always remember is never give up. Keep persevering. You might think you have hit rock bottom and there is nowhere else to go, no end in sight. Look up. There is always a way out, you just have to keep a good attitude.

It is amazing what one person can do to change everything. I know of a young man who risked his own life to save others around him. He was so brave in a situation most people would run. While everyone else was running away from a raging fire, this young determined man was running in. He was courageous and only wanted to help his friends. While doing so, he was hurt himself. What a selfless thing to do and it’s sad to think that some people wouldn’t do this. Just from one person’s actions, everyone else is affected in one way or another. Like I said before, there is a ripple effect whether it be good or bad. In his situation, he did good for someone else, but he had to suffer in return. It is crazy and sometimes unexplainable why things work out the way they do.

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