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Its 200 pm and as I sit here the respirators monitors and beeping noises are slowly driving me insane I am desperately trying to find something that will take my mind off of him After reading the hospitals visiting procedures innumerable times I find that my attempts have yielded no encouraging results Out of the corner of my eye I can see his cold lifeless body lying there In all the times that I had seen him not once did I ever conceive of ever seeing him like this It is difficult to understand how life can sometimes be so callous even to the young I keep replaying over in my mind the summer days that we had just spent laughing and poking fun of one another Never could I have imagined we would end up here Though in life he and I were mere acquaintances in death he would unquestionably leave a lasting imprint in my own life Despite all of the academic lessons I had been taught throughout school nothing had prepared me for this one one of lifes lessons Last week my primary dilemma was what I was going to wear the next day Sometimes it takes something so major so traumatic to make one realize how trivial our everyday gripes and complaints are Watching a friend fight to live and to hear him cry I dont want to die turned my life and priorities upside down We as teenagers never discern the idea of dying or going through any kind of true painstaking experience Our ideas of trauma consist of breaking up with significant others or not having a date to the prom We take everyone and everything for granted Youth can be construed as a sanctuary misleading us into thinking that tragedy is a far-fetched notion leaving us unprepared to face any kind of devastating experience We think we are young and therefore immortal We have
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