10 years ago almost to this day, I was living the dream any 15 year old girl would dream of.
I'm Cuban, so in our Spanish culture we have a Sweet 15, a Quinceanera. For my 15th birthday I had the option of having a party only lasting one night or being able to take a few trips and shopping.
Clearly at a young age I had my head on straight because I choose the trips and shopping spree route.
I was extremely blessed to have had an amazing 15th birthday and to be able to go to Europe with my best friend along with my grandparents. I was extremely fortunate at a young age to have parents who were successful and selfless enough to provide me with a memory that would last me years to come.
My best friend Melody and I were just two young girls dreaming about how the real world was like wanting to move ahead in time, not living in the moment but wanting more of life. Its funny because our only concern that whole trip was to go shopping and our "boyfriends" back in the U.S. who both turned out to be pieces of crap... I may add. I remember we'd spent countless of hours, and hundreds of dollars calling our friends back home and ordering endless amounts of room service in Barcelona.
Its like we had this trip of a lifetime but we were so focused on your lives back home that we couldn't take a second to just enjoy where we were. I'd give anything to redo that trip and go back with a different mindset.
It's amazing how time really flies by and with time your whole persona and attitude towards life and things in general changes. When I was 15 I was truly wished I was 25. Now at 25 I truly wish I was 15... to go back in time and just take each moment and cherish them with my whole heart. To be able to go back in time and relieve the experience and be completely filled with gratitude would be something I'd love to go back and do. To be in that moment in Paris and Nice with my grandparents and be grateful for the love I felt for them at that time before everything changed.
It's true when they say "when you're given things so easily in life you don't appreciate them."
Looking back 10 years and comparing life then to now it's done a complete 180. Nothing is the same. Family, friendships, who I was, who I am. It makes you really evaluate what times does to things and people.
From today forward I suggest you live in the moment. Take it all in, whether it's a good thing or a terrible experience. Embrace it, because you too will look back and wish that you could have even lived in that moment more or felt more at that time.