Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Life's a climb, but the view is great"

Author's Note: I chose to write a personal narrative because that's one type of writing that I need to work on. I also tried to connect the beginning and end sentences of each paragraph so the piece would flow better. This story gives you a glimpse of how life can be hard in certain points of time.

Some people say, "You never know what you got till it's gone". Except in reality, you always knew what you had, you just never thought you'd lose it. Whether its a big thing like losing a family member or a tiny thing like losing your favorite childhood toy, everyone in this world had to leave something important to them behind. Life isn’t meant to be easy, the hurdles in life are what makes you a stronger person.

Being a strong, independent human being takes a lot of effort. I am very fortunate to have such a tight bond with my siblings. They’re always there for me when I need them the most. Back in the day when I was younger, we went on so many family trips that it’s close to impossible to count them all. I used to think time would just pause right where I was, and I could play it back when I wanted to. Obviously life isn’t like that: instead time goes on. There were a lot of events that I had to overcome, but I had barely blinked before Nathan, my brother had proposed to his girlfriend and became engaged.

I remember the day my brother became a husband clear as can be. I walked down the aisle hooking arms with my future brother-in-law while the church medley played its cheerful tune. I saw my brother standing on the church steps looking sharp in his new white tux. He had series of emotions on his face, but I couldn’t wait to look at his expression when Shannon, his soon-to-be-bride, came down the aisle. I stood next to all the other bridesmaids waiting for the ushers to open the doors. Everything just paused for the slightest second, but then the doors burst open and Shannon came descending down the aisle in her beautiful, satin wedding dress. Nathan was full-out beaming, I could tell he was blown away.  He had tears of happiness flowing down his face. The whole bridal party started to choke up due to Nathan’s tears. “She looks gorgeous!” I said sniffling to Kristine, one of the bridesmaids. “I know!!” She answered with a smile on her face. They said their “I do”’s and soon the pastor said “You may now kiss the bride.” Nathan took Shannon in his hands and kissed her passionately. There were “awe”’s throughout the whole crowd of family members. Everyone thought they were the happiest two newly weds I had ever seen.

Besides when Nathan cried , it didn’t really hit me until the end of the wedding when Bethany and I sat down by him. He gave us a big bear hug and said “You are my sisters, and even know that things are going to be a lot different now that I’m married, I want you guys to know that I love you.” After he said that, we all just lost it and starting bawling together. Under my breath I said “I love you too, Nathan.” I couldn’t believe this was actually happening. This day had actually come. Nathan would be moving out to Arizona now, so nothing would ever be the same.
Even though I knew nothing would ever be the same again, I remember a saying Hannah Montana said: life’s a climb, but the view’s great.This saying represents how Nathan and Shannon’s wedding was the view of the rose in a field of dandelions. However, him moving to Arizona right after his honeymoon was the ultimate climb. That day I learned that everything happens for a reason. There’s always an upside in every situation. You just have to look in between the lines.