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Real life Writing Inpired by Meinke's poem "Advice To My Son". Advice To My Son

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In life everything happens for a reason. Nobody can explain when or why an event might occur. When a tragic event takes place you come to the realization that nothing will ever be right again. As a young child or even a teenager, I had always thought that I was going to be young forever and nothing bad could ever go wrong in my life. I guess you could say I never realized how precious life really was. " The trick is, to live your days as if each one may be your last" (Menike 144). I have learned that you need to live each day to its fullest and in order to succeed you have to take chances; nothing in this world will ever be handed to you. It was just one month before Christmas break, and I had torn my meniscus while playing in a basketball game and was forced into psychical therapy so I could have a fast recovery. ...read more.


Looking at him I shook my head no. " She has Leukemia. Don't tell her, but the doctors said she doesn't have much time left." From that day on I became inspired, this little girl was fighting for something so much more than a knee injury; she was fighting for her own life. As winter break approached I watched Torri improve so much. She would make me watch her walk on her own, and she used to always tell me that she was going to beat this cancer that consumed her. She would laugh and tell me how she wished she could have real hair,or how she liked my softball bracelet and how she wanted one just like mine. But her biggest wish was just to be alive on Christmas. December 22, 2010, every time I think about this date my heart breaks. I came into therapy just to see Torri one more time before Christmas, I had also made her a bracelet, just like mine. ...read more.


I decided to relate my experience to the poem "Advice To My Son" because it talks about how you never know how an event may turn out and any day could be your last one. "But at the same time, plan long range (for they go slow:if you survive)" (Meinke 144). The poem also talks about how you should plan ahead and be ready for the future no matter what the circumstances are. The father in the poem told his son to live his life to the fullest, because one day everything could disappear and he could be left with nothing. My experience relates to this poem because Torri never gave up and was always planning for tomorrow even though she knew that tomorrow wasn't guaranteed. Just like the father in the poem had told his son. This experience has taught me that anything could happen. We were put on this earth to live the life we were given, so we might as well live it to the fullest. ...read more.

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