I was always the shy girl in the back, the one who never asked any questions, the one who let life pass her by, the one who never took any chances because I was afraid of the outcome. I always took life for granted thinking it would always be there. “I’m still young, I got time.” The expression, “Life’s to short, so carpe diem” never registered in my brain until February 28, 2005 came along.
It was calm morning on Monday February 28, 2005; FCAT testing meant I could sleep in and catch a few extra hours of sleep. My mom called me to inform me about a car accident that happened the day before. She was reading an article right out of the Sun-Sentinel. When she mentioned the names two of the three caught my eye immediately. I told my mom to pray for them and that we needed to visit them in the hospital. I was sad but I figured that they would be ok. I got to school and our principal, Mr. Peter Bayer, came on the P.A. and told us that Miguel Ramos, one of the people I knew, had passed away that morning. Right there, my whole perspective on life had changed. I had a complete 180 degree turn. I would never look at life the same way again.
A couple of weeks later, the other passenger I knew Angela “Nikki” Verussio passed away also. There was not a day that went by that my eyes weren’t flooded with tears. I knew both of them and it hurt me to realize that I didn’t take advantage of knowing them and becoming closer to them as friends. It made me come to the conclusion that I just passed up meeting two amazing people that could have changed my life. Little did I know they had already made my life different.