— Dalai Lama
First of all let me start off by saying my school was blessed with the opportunity to see the Dali Lama in person. He is the cutest, wisest little old mad ever. I don’t think I could have seen him at a better time because I’ve been super stressed out and two really unfortunate events have happened lately. One of my best friends found out some really scary news about her family. I cannot imagine what she is going through and it hurt me watching her tell us what happened. I started crying because I cannot imagine having something like that happen to my mom. And mostly because I felt so bad for her and her family. That was the beginning of everything being put into perspective for me. And then, as if that wasn’t enough, yesterday one of my friends found out that her friend died. I was with her when she got the text message and saw her sob all the way to the chapel. It was heartbreaking and morbid. And yesterday, in the midst of me trying to study for chemistry, I found myself so sad at what happened to that girl. I don’t know why this death was so personal to me but it just was. The girl died because she slipped and hit her head in the shower. THE SHOWER. Like that could happen to anyone. So over the past few days I’ve just been thinking, we worry so much about such petty things like being well liked or always looking good and stupid shit when we should be focusing on the fact that we are so lucky to be alive and healthy and (hopefully this applies to you) having most/everyone you care about be alive and healthy. We always talk about when we get older and how something in the future is going to be this or that but what we never realize or fail to mention is that the future is no guarantee. And if your lucky enough to have the opportunity to live your life, you should live it to the best of your ability. In other words, live life to the fullest. Because there are so many people who couldn’t do that. And that is honestly so heartbreaking. This is not to say that I won’t worry about stupid shit and I won’t stress out about things but it just makes me so happy that all I really have to worry about is maximizing my opportunities and doing well. I think a lot of time we look at people and think that they have it all and that they are better off than us but if you can actually take the time to understand that you are probably better off than a lot of people it makes life so much better.
— Haruki Murakami (via perfect)