Living Life on the Edge

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Rykley Crowe
English IV
10 September 2012
Living Life on the Edge
Death is certainly the most difficult aspect of life to undergo and losing a loved one can traumatize and emotionally crush a person. When I was six years old and my great-grandfather passed away from a short battle with Multiple Myeloma (a cancer of the bone marrow), I lost the closest, most caring person in my life. His death taught me, at a very young age, the value of life and that in an instant, your life could come to an end. I learned to live my life without regrets and to do everything in life that I want to do before it is too late.

Before my great-grandfather passed away, partly because of my young age, I never really understood death. I never had the chance to truly understand that my life could be gone at any time. His short-lived fight with cancer took him from this world in a matter of months. If my great-grandfather could be taken so quickly, I realized that the same fate could be imminent for myself as well. Ever since, I have truly changed the way that I look at my life and everything that it entails. I give my all in everything that I do because I know that I may never get a second chance. I believe that trying my hardest in every aspect of my life will help me to be more content with the result of those things. If I try the most that I can and still don’t succeed, I still know that there is no way that I could have put forth more effort in order to alter the outcome of that situation.

At this point in my life I am reaching a point where there are a lot of “lasts” for me. For instance, being a senior, this year is the last year for me to work at my grades so I can get into the colleges that I want to. Also, playing soccer, I am at the point where I am playing my last seasons of club and high school soccer. I want to put as much effort into it as possible so that I can receive scholarships from the college I attend to help pay for my tuition.

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