August 9th, 2014 marked the 4th remembrance of the day my life changed, the day of the accident that took away loved ones and the day I started college. It has been quite a long and bumpy ride to get to where I stand now. Here is my journal entry, “Thankful for life, especially these past four years. It’s crazy, weird and surreal to reminsce on events of four years ago. It seems too long ago and yet sometimes it feels like it just happened yesterday. I am so thankful for my health, even if its not perfect and I am still struggling. I am grateful to be interning for an automotive research and development company to help reduce driver distractions and to be a part of teams to help make interface systems more user friendly. Thank G-d for this opportunity to live somewhere new and for blessing me with amazing friends! Thankful for all those who have cared for me and who do care for me and who go out of the way for me. G-d, I feel so grateful to be in Canada and to have seen more of your creation and for my friend to surprise me by bringing me by the falls all lit up in multi-color. I am so thankful to be alive! To have sung and danced in the car ride almost all the way here and for so much laughter and story teling. I feel to so thankful to feel and truly feel alive! To be alive and to have the opportunities which G-d has blessed me with. I am thankful for all those who were in the accidents continued healing and health and for the fact that we have each other to help one another during tough times. I am thankful for the ways G-d continues to lead me forward and so grateful for my parents, family and friends and all who have supported, helped and advocated for me along the way. I feel thankful for the smart doctors that continue to teach me about my injuries, my body and how to keep improving my health. Although I am still dealing with fatigue, healing of my brain, my whole body, mind, soul and spirit, I feel it is connecting me to G-d and that it allows me to meet people and share stories that I hope bring light unto others.
It’s hard to remember that although today is a day to celebrate life it is also a day to remember when lives seemed to be taken too soon. I pray that those who died that day rest in peace, help G-d up in heaven and for their legacies to continue to live on as I know each of them left behind many who remember them.
Thank you G-d for everything and for the rollercoaster I call life!”