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The Student Voice of Prosper High School

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The Student Voice of Prosper High School

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The Student Voice of Prosper High School

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Column: Don’t take life for granted, capture the moments

Student reflects on experiences, growth
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Juliana Cruz
The nine photos in this collage represent the people important to senior Juliana Cruz. The photo in the middle shows Cruz’s grandmother holding the columnist when she was just a few weeks old. The necklace worn on her grandmother, Cruz wears today. “Watching my grandma leave this earth was a learning lesson – to make sure my family and I hold each other accountable to be able to watch each other grow,” Cruz said. “Ever since February, my approach with family has been more grateful than ever.”

People immerse themselves into the idea that life is forever — it’s not. It can be weird to remember, at those random moments, that one day it will end. It took some growing up to realize my parents won’t be taking care of me forever, or laughing with me. My first thing, once I get home, is to talk my parents ears off about my day – good or bad, and it always ends up with laughing.

Even after those thoughts, I faced reality once my grandma couldn’t say “I love you,” anymore. That’s when you fumble through all these questions of what could’ve been done differently, and what can I do now. I watched my grandma slowly deteriorate, until it was just too much. When I lost my grandma I felt like I watched her pass away two times – when she couldn’t remember me and when she was in her casket in February. I was distraught that I wouldn’t have the woman who raised me be on this earth with me anymore.

When I lost my grandma I felt like I watched her pass away two times – when she couldn’t remember me and when she was in her casket in February.

— senior Juliana Cruz

I saw how ignorant I was too — like many people. People don’t see the grants they’re given especially when they have friends and family to depend on. But no one ever faces the seriousness of life until someone immediately passes away and that’s when the if’s, and’s or but’s come in. It feels unreal, still does, that life can come to an end in a matter of seconds.

Sometimes you may be annoyed at yourself or the world, but don’t take it out on the ones around you. … Just take a step back, humble yourself and ask for help or for space, neither is wrong.

— columnist and Editor-in-Chief Juliana Cruz

Watching my grandma leave this earth was a learning lesson – to make sure my family and I hold each other accountable to be able to watch each other grow. Ever since February, my approach with family has been more grateful than ever, whether it be mine or others. I put myself to be more open-minded about what others may be going through, especially when I feel like they may not deserve it at that moment.

Sometimes you may be annoyed at yourself or the world, but don’t take it out on the ones around you. You’ll rethink that moment in the future and wish it had never happened. Just take a step back, humble yourself and ask for help or for space, neither is wrong. If you’re the one receiving the anger from a loved one, don’t react, that’s what matters. Just give time for both sides to breathe, relax and reconnect. I realize that’s what matters most because when something bad overcomes them, you rethink every moment you’ve had with them — tendencies to rethink the bad ones mostly. The good is what we want to cherish when a bad moment occurs to a loved one.

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Juliana Cruz
Juliana Cruz, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Juliana Cruz, a former native New Yorker, is a senior at Prosper High School. This is her second year working for Eagle Nation Online and she serves as social media manager, news editor and Editor in Chief. She enjoys writing and wants to continue to expand her coverage. Outside of school and work, she is on the powerlifting team and spends her time with family.
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