One day you could have the whole world in the palm of your hand, and the next, everything could be tossed around you like broken rag dolls.
As anyone who has read this blog knows, I spent the last several months as a lifeguard. During that time, I met an amazing, vibrant, beautiful and caring, young girl. She is on Varsity Swim Team and Varsity Cheer. She came in early to swim laps, even though usually she ended up keeping me company in the early morning hours.
She is only fifteen.
She made me smile every day.
She made me laugh, and she made me shake my head.
She reminded me what it was like to be a teenager, and she would ask my advice on what to do to get away from the drama of being a teenager.
I spoke with her the other day, through Facebook. Just small talk about working out, getting in shape, and craziness of life.
That was at 4 PM.
The next evening I found out she was in the hospital. She'd suffered a brain aneurysm.
This beautiful girl, with her big smile and laughing eyes isn't visiting the pool anymore. She's fighting for her life in a hospital, attached to a ventilator.
She is strong and a fighter, and I know she won't give up, but she can use help. I'm not religious, but I believe in the power of faith. Right now, every little bit helps.
I've spent the last several days wishing I'd stopped to let her know what her visits meant to me, to make time for those plans we talked about. When I get the chance, the first thing I'll say to her is, "Thank you for caring enough to be you. Thank you for being my friend."
Life is a fickle bitch, and you never know when everything will change. Don't wait to tell your loved ones how you feel, or how thankful you are for them. Don't put off having coffee with that friend, because you can't always do it tomorrow.
Keep Fighting Lexa. You're in my thoughts. Always.