Coming home every day always brings a new headline. Whether it is a political, social, or criminal act that occurs, there is always something happening in the world. Recently there have been unfathomable events which have occurred and which open up the eyes to a new outlook on life.
During school, rumors go around about what is happening in the media as well as many different opinions about the subjects. While in class, we cannot feel the gravity of the situation as much as those who are learning about the situations on the news. So when I walk through the front door, headlines flash from the television screen and words are uttered from my parents’ mouths which time after time worry me about my own safety to even go outside.
Although no one can predict what will occur tomorrow, we can show our compassion toward families that have lost loved ones in tragedies around the world. So in light of current events, my thoughts and prayers go out to those whose Christmas will not be as bright this year as most of us have the pleasure of experiencing. It really makes me stop and think about what is important in my life and what is merely wanted and unnecessary.
Around the holidays, all that seems to be on people’s minds is what gifts they want and what they are going to get for friends and family to show their appreciation for one another. Though this may be what typically happens year after year, it is not what is truly important.
The holidays should be a time to reflect on your life and celebrate all of the wonderful things that have happened during it. Make sure your family and friends know they are loved this holiday season along with the rest of the year. Be grateful for what you have before any complaining comes spewing out. So all I ask of you this holiday season is to take a moment from each day to assess what choices you have made and for what purpose and be happy with how you live your life. Others are not as lucky as you are in their lives and this is taken for granted all too often.
As a young adult, I cannot always understand the impact events will and can have on the world. As much as I would like to think that I know everything, I don’t. Therefore all I can do is devote my sorrow and compassion to the families who need it most.
So as you pack for your winter vacations and finish up your holiday shopping, be sure to take time and realize how lucky you are in comparison to others. Savor every minute of every day because life is precious and can be so easily taken away. Sometimes the best gift that you can give someone is the gift of appreciation. So don’t forget to share this appreciation with all of your loved ones.
Born and raised in Missouri, Katie Soden resides in Lee’s Summit with parents Bob and Nancy and brother Daniel. Soden is a senior at Lee’s Summit North High School, runs cross country and works on the yearbook staff. She has not decided on which college she will attend. Follow Soden her senior year as she shares her experiences in the Journal.