Countless lives have been changed dramatically on account of one single moment. Pivotal moments are no respecter of a person's age, gender, or happening. Realizing that youth doesn't last forever or that not everyone is going to fall deeply in love might be acquired from experiencing a pivotal moment. My life has been changed forever because of a feat I had to undergo. Reality of death, and that the time comes, hit me and my entire perspective on life transformed. Every moment of life should be valued.

Aunt Ruby died at the young age of thirty-eight. The mother of eight and soon to be grandmother was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The emotional trauma her kids suffered was shown so genuinely in their tears. Aunt Ruby's death was a tremendous lose. Considering what in my mind I am yet to comprehend, the death of my mother and it's heaviness that may be eventually placed upon me, was lifted to a whole new dimension after this situation.

Grandpa Clarence died exactly three years after Aunt Ruby. Age sixty, grandpa died of natural causes. Finding his death a surprise it is still hard to believe he's gone. Death and lives importance was changed for me after his death. Yet death and lives importance to me wasn't completely changed until the near-death experience of my little brother Jonathan.

To have to go through what my brother went through, at the age of two, would be hard for me to do now. When his appendix burst he became tremendously ill. A children's hospital in Buffalo, New York did an excellent job caring for him. His operation almost killed him. On his arrival home he wasn't my buddy who left, but more thin and sickly looking. Having gone through a lot he survived. Lasting effects of his situation are minor. Under much medication, on the operation table, he was shown noise making stuffed animals, still to this day is he scared of them; he will not go near them. This incident was one of the minor...

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