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I believe in appreciating the people around me, I have come to learn this the hard way. I believe in appreciating those around me because I might lose them someday. If that day arrives, I hope to not regret that I never took the time to be grateful for the small things that these individuals did for me. I believe in the principle of appreciating those around you because you never really know how much they are worth to you until you lose them.

In sixth grade, I lost a friend. My friend’s name was Loic Jason, he was one of the most generous and loving people I have ever met. Loic was the type of kid who would share his lunch with you, tell you jokes and just talk about anything and everything. But life did not turn out the way it was supposed to. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer. When I heard the news I felt angry, pain and guilt. I felt guilty because I wished I had spent more time with him. Maybe I would’ve known that something was wrong with him.

It was during a weekend and I was sitting in the living room watching Dora the Explorer when I received a text from my friend. The message said:
‘’Did you hear what happened to Loic?’’

I had no clue what he was talking about so I asked: ‘’what are you talking about?” and he responded with ‘’ Loic passed away’’. I did not believe him, I could not believe him. I was in shock. He had just told me that a friend passed away via text. I started contacting all of my friends; I was torn in between denial and reality.

How could a person so young, loving and caring with a bright future just disappear without saying goodbye? Then the ‘’what if’s’’ thoughts came along with the pain; what if I had talked to him more often? What if I had just sat with him on the bench and simply asked him ‘’Hey, how are you? ‘’

I wish I could go back in time and have a chance to talk to him, ask him how he feels, and ask him how his day went. Maybe, just maybe then I could have discovered that he was in pain before and he would still be there.

Having and giving support is important. I have learned that when I support somebody, not only do I help them solve their problems but I have made a huge difference in their life. I am giving that person something they had always wanted, to be heard and to be acknowledged.

I have found myself guilty while at a dinner or any meal during the day. I’m mostly on my phone with my earphones plugged in cutting off those people around me. A simple ‘’Hello’’, ‘’How are you? ‘’, ‘’Thank you for…’’ or an ‘’ I am here for you if you need anything’’ would make such a big difference in somebody’s day. As humans we need to feel acknowledged, we need to feel important to somebody. This is why I believe in appreciating the people around me and to never miss a chance at getting to know them.

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