Life is a precious gift - My Family Travels

Every summer my friends and I take a trip to go to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. We spend a week at the university and while we are there we take a field trip to an educational place. This summer our field trip was in St.Louis, Missouri.


In St.Louis we visited the Black History Museum and the Arch. My Best friend and I are scared of heights so we didn’t go up 680 ft. in the Arch like everyone else.

It took them a very long time to come back down so from that experience I take it that I won’t be visiting the Arch again anytime soon. It’s not that we were scared of being alone or anything it’s just that there was so many people in the Arch’s lobby that we could have gotten kidnapped. Lucky for us that didn’t happen.

The real turn in the trip was on the way back to Eastern Illinois University. It was raining and everyone was scared to death. Lighting was also flashing all around our charter bus.

Then we went through a puddle and the bus almost ran off the rode. My whole life flashed before my eyes. I thought of all the times I had spent time with my family.

I thought of all the sleepovers that my best friends and I had. I thought of that one shopping trip that took us seven hours to find our outfits. Every memory I had replayed in my head.

I truly thought that would be my last moment in time. I prayed a lot and cried until we reached the university. This experience really made my faith and my beliefs stronger.

Now I look at life differently because I never know what will happen. I don’t complain as much about my annoying family or friends because I always think back to that day and think ‘what if the bus had ran off the rode, where would I be?’

That’s what really scares me because my mind is always thinking what if this and what if that. My life could be over in the next second so I can’t take life for granted because life is a precious gift given to me by God that he can take back anytime he wants to.

I have never been so scared in my life but now I know that I have God watching over me so what happens is going to happen for a reason.

I learned a great lesson from this experience and that is that life is a precious gift so whatever you do don’t take it for granted because it can end before you know it and you only get one.

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