Learning From Death


Art teacher in senior high school is a mentor who inspired me a lot. Other than normal art he shall teach in the class, he also teach us the art of the life, we always enjoyed a lot by his simple life stories. The most impressive sentence I could still till now is – Not In Vain This Life. He even wrote this on the blackboard, since then that sentence inked in my memory. He said no matter what you will do in the future, keep this word in your heart and pursue your dream, if before you die, you still regret what kind of things you didn’t do, then what you are busy about all the time?

When I was a freshman in university, I had a very handsome classmate, he looks like Korea star Rain with single-edged eyelid. By end of first semester, we suddenly got the news that he just had a car accident, we thought that at least we could visited him in the hospital, later on, we knew that he passed away on the same day, he was 19. We are all very shocked and we couldn’t accept the fact, because we remembered how good relationship with him, and we just talked with him like yesterday. It happened because he had a flight with father, then he ride motorbike with anger, then he got hit by a taxi. In that moment, I sense how great feeling to be alive, although when I was small, grandfather passed away, I could possibly understand such thing, but actually I don’t really understand what that mean, this handsome classmate accident made me really understand how precious of being alive.

Gradually, I start to forget how great is to be alive and live a life like out of direction. After graduating from university, I suddenly found out that best friend from photo club was in the headline of TV news, she was 23. This one is harder. She is the most optimist girl I have ever seen, I could always laugh with her so much for no reason. The accident happened when she was chasing her dream, actually she is innocent, because she was sleeping when they bumped into Refuge Island on the highway. They were shooting a film, and the driver is tired from working.

When saying goodbye to her in the funeral, her father found out that she wrote many of her dream in the ceiling, so when she slept, she could see her dream, she gave herself lots of pressure, but now these pressure or dream, she can’t finish. That time I suddenly felt I got a mission, I shall not waste rest of my life doing something meaningless, I shall continue her dream for the sadness she can’t continue. Therefore, I save money for Europe trip, no matter how many difficulties and rejection I got, finally I finish traveling Europe dream.

Two years ago, I got another surprising news, a very beautiful and famous flight attendant, she got hit by the bus while she was riding bicycle in the night at Australia. I went to her speech in Taipei, and I did share my problem with her, she did give me her opinion, she was 29.

All these young angels who left too early, keep reminding me to chase my dream and never regret in life.


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