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Life: Don't take it for granted

April 14, 2015 | Siddu Navaneetha

This week's guest post comes from another great friend of mine, Siddu Navaneetha. Even though his half-advice, half-persuasive voice is aimed mostly at high schoolers, I think there's at least something to take away from what he talks about for everyone. What he suggests is more than just the carpe diem attitude of fantasy -- it's real, it's authentic, and it's relatable.

On the weekends, I have a lot of free time. My parents tell me to do SAT prep, but come on, who actually does those things? Aside from watching Netflix, or scrolling through my Facebook news feed, I like hanging out with my friends. But sadly, the past few weeks I haven’t exactly been able to spend time as I wanted with my friends. One of my other passions is going on walks. I love doing this because it’s just me and the world. I just get to enjoy the fresh air and the absence of an annoying sibling essentially eating my brain. On these walks, as I have a lot of time to myself, I think about my life and all the people I care about. I have some very good friends who are juniors and seniors. My mind usually drifts towards thinking of the future, and what my life will be like without them. And frankly, this would cause me to immediately break down in tears, but since I was outside, it resulted in a long sigh and lump in my throat. So I knew that as much as it would hurt to see them go, there’s nothing I can do to stop it. I decided that all I could do was cope. This whole post in and of itself isn’t well structured, but please bear with me. In all honesty, I really don’t give a darn about how well it is or isn’t structured, I just care about the thoughts that I send across this medium. I wouldn’t be Siddu if I wasn’t quoting The Dark Knight, but “It’s not about the money... it’s about sending a message.” This post has been brewing inside me for a while now, and I’ve finally decided to share it with all of you. I hope this helps all of you when you’re feeling sadness and hopefully brings to you a new way of looking at life.

First off, we are all amazing. No one person is exactly the same as another. This can be proven scientifically with chromosomes crossing over (please don’t try to argue against this, it undermines the point I’m trying to make), and just common sense. We are all unique and interesting in our own ways. So don’t put yourself down just because you can’t do something, because chances are you’re great at something else. Something’s gotta give. One person can’t be great at everything, even if it seems that way. Seriously, have some faith in yourself. I’ve been in this situation myself, so I can speak from experience. Nothing good will come of this almost perpetual sadness. So whatever you want, just get up and go take it. Just do it.

We are all unique and interesting in our own ways. So don’t put yourself down just because you can’t do something, because chances are you’re great at something else.

My next point is that we as individuals, aren’t getting younger. No, we’re not dying soon. But still, death is always a possibility. The imminent death problem is something we all carry around with us. We don’t go to school or start the day thinking this could very well be the last I spend on this planet. It’s not everyday when we think about death, but that still doesn’t make the fact that people die just go away. And I feel that many people think this way, sadly go to their grave failing to make the most of the time they got. I think it’s mainly because we don’t want to think of morbid thoughts to start the day, but I feel as though we should at least try to live each day as if it is the last day we get.

And no I don’t mean like be all YOLO and party like there’s no tomorrow. Because there will always be a tomorrow. With or without you. So based on this, what we do every second of every day may very well be the last thing we do, and influence how we are remembered by the people around us. So the next time you spend time with the people you care about, just stop and take a minute to appreciate the moment and try to make the most of it.

Another thing here that pertains only to us teenagers. You only get one chance at high school. Make it count. Make friends, have fun, and most importantly, have no regrets. Go talk to that girl/guy you have a crush on. I promise they won’t bite. If they do, I’m sorry, but you should probably get that checked. But what hurts more than the bite is the feeling of regret.

So if there’s one thing you take away from my post, it’s that you yourself have the power to do what you want in life, if you are willing. And don’t forget to make the most of every minute you are given in this world, because it’s more than someone else got. Don’t take it for granted. I hope this gives you all a new insight into your everyday lives and helps you see things in a new light. I feel as though having this sort of view present in one’s mind can help us enjoy the moment and live life to its fullest.