I’ve always believed in savoring the moments. In the end, they are the only things we’ll have.
Working at a hospital for the last few years has taught me more about life than I ever could have imagined. I have watched patients die, held the hands of patients who trusted me enough to be vulnerable around me. I have held parents, daughters, sons, families, friends as they watch the ones they love pass. I have had the honor of hearing patients tell me about their lives. The joy in their eyes when they speak about their past. My patients all would talk to me of their history and families, each and everyone had one incredible moment in their lives they had to share. They would explain to me over the span of how many hours I was with them every little detail of this moment. Now you may be thinking to yourself, ” How great that they had this moment,” ” Wow, I wonder if they told grand stories of exploration, wealth, or love.” My response to these is yes. Yes, to them, the stories they told were that of Hollywood standards. Patients would tell me about their children winning a trophy playing soccer in a way that strangers passing by would think their child had been in the Olympics. They told their stories with such passion that even a trip to the mall sounded like they had discovered a hidden village. To them, these moments were gold. It makes me wonder what moments in my life will I tell a complete stranger 30 or 40 years from now with such passion. What will be the amazing moment that I will tell the world? Will it be the numerous late-night drives and adventures I take with friends? Were we would drive until we ran out of gas or were too tired to keep going. The rides were we would debate holding our pee until we return or if we should pull over on the side of the old country roads. Or the one night we spent the entire night asleep in the car because we wanted to watch the sunset from the top of the mountain and in the morning…it was raining. Will it be the story of how I met my first love? Where I would talk with him every moment, I had. I would run from classes just to Skype with him. Every text, every call, every picture would be analyzed. Just to ensure I got the most out of each message. Where he would tell me good morning and my day would immediately be better. Will it be something that has yet to even come? Each and every one of us has that one amazing moment we cherish more than life itself. One memory that no matter what, when we think of it, we cannot help but smile and feel warm inside. This is our amazing moment.