Friends who motivate us to be ourselves
By Jasmine Willis
~Time is Like a Wheel. Turning and turning never stopping. For some, time passes slowly. An hour can seem like an eternity. For others, there is never enough ~ Tuck Everlasting
~Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. Time bears it away. And in the end, there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again~ The Green Mile
You may ask what started my obsession with time? Why quote two different stories about time?
Time is always lurking about as a constant reminder that at any moment it really could all be taken away. This story focuses on both points…time takes everything away, and there really isn’t enough.
All my life it has been said I never meet a stranger. This is very true. I have always been able to turn a stranger into an instant friend, whether I know them for five minutes or five years it doesn’t matter. I have invited another human being into my life story.
People come and go out of our lives all the time; some of them have made a huge impact on my life. I may only know someone for a brief moment and never see them again, but for a moment they inspired me to see who I am and not be afraid to be the person they know I can be. Pieces of you become pieces of them; your story becomes their story, and in that way I believe none of us are forgotten.
This story is about Alexandra P. A brave girl who taught me to see the true greatness I have inside me. Alexandra P known to her friends as Alex was in the same Public Speaking class as me. She would only have short part to play in my life, but it would become one of the most important.
She came into class with such life and passion. She had a way about her that would make you feel like you were life long friends who had seen each other again after a very long journey. She was a dark Italian beauty who traveled the world with her mother.
Her passion for life was addicting and I found myself falling into the same passion filled absorption of it myself.
The day came we all had to give a presentation. Her presentation broke my heart … it was about breast cancer. The beautiful Alex P had breast cancer. By the end of the presentation she and all who loved her in the class were in tears.
Immediately after class I offered my help, if there was anything at all I could do for her. I gave her a big hug and didn’t understand she was saying goodbye. Alex P was an inspiring beautiful young 19 year old girl who taught me life was filled with possibilities.
I finished out my college life without my friend. I could never reach her, all lines were down. Time slipped by and there was never enough … never enough time with this amazing friend.
I can live a hundred years and never find another Alex P. Her view of life is rare.
I got to thinking of her one day in class and couldn’t finish the rest of the day. I drove all the way back home in tear soaked sobs. There is not a day that goes by were I don’t miss my friend.
I never got to say goodbye, and I don’t know if she is still out there or not. I hope she is living a beautiful cancer free life, but if she is gone I hope she knew how much she met to so many of us.
Time really does take it all, and if we aren’t careful we might miss our chance to tell someone how much their time on this earth has met to us.
Maybe just maybe I can be an Alex P for someone, because sometimes we meet others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.