A significant challenge I have faced in my life is when my grandfather had passed away in 2015. It was my grandpa from my mom’s side. My grandpa had made such a big impact on my life, so it was difficult for me when I had learned that he had passed. Before my grandpa had passed, he had spent around 6 months jumping back and forth between the hospital and nursing home. He was bleeding internally in his brain and he lost his ability to communicate and eat. Seeing my grandpa in a state like this was really difficult for me because I couldn’t believe that just a few months before, he was driving my brothers and I to school. While I would visit him at the nursing home as well as hospital, it really hit me. My grandpa was in so much pain and it hurt my heart knowing that I couldn’t do anything about it. I wanted to be able to do something for him in return for everything that he has done for my family and I, but I couldn’t. The experience of losing a person who is very important to you really changed my perspective on the way I view those around me. One of the most common phrases I hear is, “You never know how important someone is until you lose them.” It does sound a bit cheesy but it is true, when my grandparents passed away, I realized how much I wish I could’ve spent more time with them and how you should never take life for granted. Whenever my mom and I talk about my grandpa, she always reminds me how a doctor had told her, “It’s about the quality of life, not quantity” when my grandpa was in the hospital. Those are words that I try to live by. As long as you live your life in the present, cherish those that are around you, and make the most out of your day, that’s true happiness in my opinion.
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