Essay on Life Is An Innocent Summer Romance

1024 Words Jun 15th, 2016 5 Pages
His sudden death created an overtone of sadness with a new viewpoint for my friends and me. We began to see ourselves less than invincible, even fallible, not knowing when one of us could die. This was a big wake-up call, as we were only teenagers. To think we were less than immortal was a big deal, and it was certainly a time of personal growth for all of us. We got together and talked as we could during those first two weeks, also my first two weeks as a nineteen-year-old, and theorized about our own personal legacies. It felt surreal to consider such a topic when only two weeks ago my same mind was contemplating an innocent summer romance. Makes me think that maturity is less of a progression in life, rather, it is the result of consequences that bring on the need to meet the significance of the moment.
Death is solemn, and we all felt the finality of the loss of my classmate, who certainly had a direction and promise unfulfilled in life. Logically, his legacy was to be an Olympic champion, as he was considered a hopeful, and not to be ended before it had come to fruition. As he lived in the moment, he died in the moment of training. His true legacy was perhaps his being in the moment, rather than his ultimate goal.
We learned a life lesson as we considered the situation. Perhaps it’s not the goal, but the way you live during the process that matters. Nothing else matters, not perceptions, not bystander’s opinion. Only a right heart and positively living in…

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