Taken for granted


Mya Mooney, Staff Writer

Many things in life are taken for granted, whether it be money, materialistic items, or non-tangible items such as status, but the one thing that is taken for granted more than anything is life itself. Life is full of ups and downs, there are days that will be forever engraved into our memories and days we wish could just be erased. In the times of success and prosperity we take what we have for granted and in the days where we struggle we focus on what we don’t have. We are not guaranteed an easy-going, worry-free life, it doesn’t work like that, but the darkest of times can put life into perspective. Life is fragile, and our time in this world is short. Oftentimes we never really take a deeper look into how short our lives are and that we should be grateful to see another. On Thursday the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office lost a fellow officer, Deputy Michael Magli, who was struck and killed by a car. A loss like this shakes the community to its core, although many people never knew Deputy Magli, their hearts broke for his wife, his children, his family, his friends, and his coworkers. A young husband and father who had so much to look forward to, is no longer here due to the recklessness of another person. This really made me realize, tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone, and that every day that we are physically living on this earth is a blessing.


Waking up in the morning may seem dreadful but in reality there are plenty of people who wish that their loved ones would wake up beside them to the sound of a blaring alarm but are met with an empty bed, house, heart, and the harsh reality of life. There is no way to determine the exact date of someone’s passing, you may have a rough idea if someone is terminally ill, but even then, there is no way to give an exact date. Life flashes before our eyes so fast that we miss the small wonders of life at times. How many days out of the week do you take off your time to list out all the amazing and wonderful places, people, and experiences you had that day? Chances are most people can’t even say they did that one day out of the week. Life is taken for granted, it’s full of wondrous landscape loaded with nooks and crevices waiting to be explored, full of people with stories to be told, full of love that is waiting to be shared that we ignore, both intentionally and unintentionally. The truth is that we are only here for a limited amount of time, that length of that time may be unknown, but we need to appreciate everyday that we get to spend another day here.


Tomorrow is not guaranteed, go hug a loved one, call a friend, make an effort to show support to those who mean the most. Life is too unpredictable to leave off on a sour note with those you love. Go explore the world around you, there is so much that is just waiting and hoping to be explored, undiscovered beauties hidden in plain sight. Try the new food you’ve always been too scared to try, maybe you will end up loving it. Do not be afraid to put yourself out there, sometimes you need to put yourself out there first before new opportunities arise.  If you have the ability to, go travel and see what is beyond us. Be thankful that you are able to seek an education that will better your future. Be thankful that you have the ability to make a difference in this world. Be thankful that you live to see another day. Take the time to appreciate all that you do have, even when it seems like very little. Most importantly, don’t take life for granted. Life is temporary, but what you do while you are alive will permanently live in all those who know you. Life is fragile, difficult, fun, full of new experiences, frustrating at times, but is not guaranteed to be long. Enjoy all that life has given you and the people who are in your life.