Live Each Day As If It's Your Last

By Shanice, age 15, South Africa
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During the final period on a Friday, my maths teacher noticed our lack of concentration and made a rather odd statement.

"Do you know, class, that as each day draws close to an end so does your life? The ending of each day brings us closer to our death."

Sure, that was a sick fact, but none of us had ever realised that.

That statement instantly quieted us down. We all thought about it. He was right, but none of us ever looked at it that way.

And I got to thinking. We live our lives every day in the same boring, mundane way. We hardly ever do anything different. Whatever happened to 'Live Each Day Like It's Your Last?' I'm not saying you should live carelessly. Find the balance between reckless and responsible and walk on the edge of that line.

Let's suppose that the world were to end tomorrow, or in 2012, like some people assume. Would you be happy with all that you've done?

I know I certainly wouldn't. There's loads I want to do, see, and experience, and I haven't. Partly because I'm too young for some of the things and partly because I'm too scared.

You shouldn't be a party girl like Paris Hilton, but don't be a bore either. Act crazy for a day (like singing in the rain crazy, not drug crazy), dance like no one's watching, live a little!

Remember, only dead fish go with the flow.

I have a friend whom everyone looks down on because she's 'wild.' Ok, even I have to admit that, yes, she is out of control.

BUT I envy that about her. She lives her life to the fullest! After all, she says, 'you only live once.'

So, for one day - just one day - let go of your inhibitions (not in a party-girl way) and live for the moment. I can guarantee that you'll never look back! I might not know much about life, but I do know this: life is for living and not waiting. So go on and live!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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