Is it the monumental moments in our lives
that spark monumental transformations within us?
Or do those small, almost unnoticeable, everyday moments,
little by little,
day by day,
shape who we are?
…the moment I stormed into your room to tell you to turn the music down. I ended up catching you doing an interpretive dance;
you emboldened me to seek joy, live in the moment. You actually got me to join you.
…the time we stayed up all night studying for our ninth grade finals;
you instilled in me a drive to do well in school, to make hard work and education a priority.
…the night we sat on the kitchen counter. You cried tears of empathy for a friend;
you reminded me to always try to consider what others may be going through and how to be a good friend.
…the time at the gas station when you sat next to a crying girl you didn’t know so that you could comfort her;
you inspired me to be more selfless, and showed me that there is always a way to help someone in need.
The day you died
my entire world flipped upside down.
But it was because of these moments, and a million others like them, that
I am forever changed.