"Life is a gift--we can't waste it. Our time here is short, and too many people realize that too late. Every day we live we get closer to the day we die, but it is up to us to either live each of those days or simply die. Hard times will come, and when the do, we can take it as a challenge to discover and improve ourselves. The ability to gain knowledge is a blessing, so we must never stop learning. And remember, there is truly no time like the present to tell the people we love how we feel."
"In order to know love, we must also know hate; in order to know happiness, we must also know sorrow; in order to know peace, we must also know war; in order to know life, we must also know death. We must have the courage to let go of those things that bring us down. We must embrace truth, embrace goodness, embrace love--and once we have hold of these things, never let them go."
These quotes from the inspiring stories in Surviving Columbine just struck me as quite profound. Their message is nothing new...it's been said a million times before with other words and in different languages, but apparently it was something I needed to read here and now for it to hit me.
I was happy to find out that one other girl will be staying at school for the holidays. Not happy for her, but happy to know I would not be here alone. I still have to find someplace to go for church for the two weeks that our ward is "inoperable".