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Immortality. There was a time in my life when I thought that I was immortal. When I only thought of my life and myself. But when a blonde-haired, blue-eyed little boy walked into my life I was forced to think of someone else for once. He showed me that helping others has much greater rewards than only helping yourself. A four-year old made me realize that there is a world beyond my own and if you don't take a look around once in a while you may be missing out on living. At the age of 18 I thought that I was on top of the world. I had been working as a lifeguard at Lifetime Fitness Club in Shelby for about a year when I was walking the indoor pool deck and noticed a mother and her child in the lap pool. I nervously strode over to the lane they were in and told the woman politely that her child had to be 12 to use any of the inside pools during outdoor family hours. Her first reaction was defensive and full of attitude. She brought her son to the side and began to climb out making comments under her breath as I continued to explain the rules and reasons to her. When she finally looked up I noticed the tears that had swelled up in her eyes. She exhaustedly stood, picking her son up in the process. Feeling a little uneasy, I again apologized for any inconvenience that I might have caused her, said thank you, and turned to walk away. She put her hand gently on my shoulder, and a cold shiver ran up my spine. "No, I am the one that should be sorry," she said. "You're just doing your job and I shouldn't have reacted so rudely. Just hear me out?" I nodded my head confused as she began to tell me the story of her 4 year old son Trevor. "Trevor was a happy, healthy little boy full of life. May 15, 1998 `turned out to be the worst day of m... ... middle of paper ... ...DMD. I have gotten family and friends involved and am always looking for ways to make some extra money to give. Now, I too am living. I am not immortal like I once thought. Trevor and his loving family helped me to realize what I had been missing by being so selfish. He showed me that helping others reaps greater rewards than only helping yourself. Trevor still has troubles climbing stairs and getting himself up, but with the help of others he has the strength to go on. My mom told me that I was spending too much time with this family and that I would only get hurt in the end. But I am happier than I have ever been. "This is life," Lisa Mazur once told me. "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."

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