One of my fellow classmates, whom I danced with, made a Facebook post expressing her sorrow over the passing of Caitlin Ledwell. My first thought was that it had to be my dance teacher’s grandmother who helped run the dance studio that I attended. I did not even imagine that it could be my teacher, Miss Caitlin, who was young and full of life. Then I received a text from one of my best friends, Alyssa, informing me that it was in fact Miss Caitlin who had passed away.
I was so shocked I dropped my phone when I read the text. I felt my head spinning and my heart racing inside my chest. I could not believe that someone so energetic and youthful could have died, especially someone that I knew. All I could think was why did she die so early in her life.
As I sat on my couch with a look of bewilderment on my face, my Mom knew something bad had happened. When my Mom asked me what was wrong, I could not get the words out of my mouth. I was not able to tell her that Miss Caitlin had passed away late...
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...e. We sat in a big high school auditorium where we always performed our recitals. Usually, this auditorium was a happy place where students got to show off routines to their parents. Instead it was a somber occasion honoring someone whose life was taken away too soon.
I sat there and thought about the reason that her death was a part of my life. Was it to show me and others to remember that our role models are people too? Was it to make me more aware of the stories on the news? Was it to remind me to live life to the fullest? Or was it to teach me a lesson? To remember that I am not invincible and that I in a split second our lives can be taken away from us. But before I do, I should live life to the fullest and make a difference in people’s lives, just as Caitlin did. But I do not think it was for one reason, but all these reasons that this was an event in my life.
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