Remembering What Matters

I slept terribly Monday night.

MCAT scores were supposed to come out Monday afternoon (they are now pushed back) and I was a nervous wreck. I tossed and turned, popping in and out of nightmares about doing terribly MCAT, restudying for the test, and not getting accepted to medical school. I woke up exhausted.

I was frustrated with being so tired, and told JC about my restlessness. I just kept fearing the worst, even though there is nothing I can do about it at this point. I have to deal with whatever comes when it happens.

Then I opened up my computer and saw a series of Facebook posts that shocked me. People were writing heartfelt notes  about a new angel we have up in heaven. They were all about a friend from high school.

I immediately got in contact with my friends to see what was up. Turns out there was a tragic accident on Friday night, and she was taken off life support Sunday night. She’s gone.

I have lost touch with her over the years, so the death wasn’t as intensely heart-wrenching for me as it was for some others. But regardless, I have great memories with her and feel for her family and loved ones. There are so many friends that were closer to her that are struggling with grief right now. I can only imagine.

I feel silly for worrying so much about a test, that while a big deal in my life, is no where near as important as the life of loved ones. Time is precious. Savor your relationships and say I love you as often as possible.

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Comments

  1. So sorry for the loss of your friend!

  2. Clare, thank you for sharing this very personal post. I know that personally, I can never use enough reminders of what matters in life not at the end of the day, but every minute of it.
    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend!

  3. I hate that it always takes a tragedy for me to come back to my priorities sometimes. I’m working hard on living in the present and living my priorities daily. Trying not to stress the small stuff as much. Praying for your friend’s family.

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your friend Clare. You’re right when you say time is precious, we have to make the most of it and not sweat the small stuff! Thinking of you!

  5. Great post. It’s so sad how it takes tragedies like this to sometimes put life in perspective. I had a similar experience recently when I found out a girl I went to college with who moved to NYC after graduation and was attending grad school there fell on the subway tracks after a night of partying and died. She was one of the first people I met at college orientation and was so kind and full of life. It’s heartbreaking to think someone that alive can be gone.

  6. I’m terribly sorry for your loss! I can relate to feeling like I worry about such silly things when elsewhere in the world there are worse things happening to worse people. Thank You for sharing this short but heartfelt post.

  7. I’m sorry for your loss, Clare :( Good post and great reminder about what is truly important.

  8. Great reminders about what is really important in life and how quickly life can change!

  9. So true!! Though it seems like every year I get older death is more prevalent (I guess the more people you know…) So with each day and year I want to squeeze the life out of every day. Try your hardest, give life your all, treat others how you want to be treated and there can be no regrets.

  10. Saw on your fb that you “didn’t fail the MCAT.” I assume you’re being modest and did great! CONGRATS!!!

  11. Miranda says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately this is just a taste of what’s to come. As you get older the losses get closer. Absolutely heartbreaking, but you can’t let It consume you. Take care of yourself and forge forward.

  12. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend from high school. But you’re right, things like that can really put in perspective for us what’s important and what’s not.

  13. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It doesn’t matter whether you stayed close, the fact that someone you know passes away is a shock to your system – having to think about your mortality is never pleasant. Glad you’re getting to go home to be with your family and friends and strengthen each other.

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