The first time you truly understand the meaning of “If you have your health, you have everything.”
The first time a dear friend drops dead of a massive heart attack because he didn’t take care of his health.
The first time you realize the money doesn’t buy happiness, because no matter how much stuff you put in that hole we all carry around, it will never be enough.
The first time you realize that money can’t buy happiness because you finally understand what the word happiness means. I won’t tell you what it means, only that it doesn’t start with Lamborghini or end with Gucci.
The first time you see yourself and love that person who you’ve been hating and demeaning all these years.
The first time you really fall in love, maybe have your heart broken and learn that you will survive.
The first time you actually hear a bird sing, a baby cry, a river run, a leaf rustle, or a single note on the wind and it moves you to tears.
The first time you lose a parent. The next time you lose a parent.
The first time someone dies, who is so dear to you, that you think you can’t breathe and then you do.
The first time you understand that the earth does not revolve around you.
The first time you understand that there is no separation between you and anyone else. Race doesn’t matter, skin color doesn’t matter, belief system doesn’t matter, age doesn’t matter, sex doesn’t matter – we are all one, traveling through this crazy world, hoping for the same things.
The first time you figure out how to ride a bike without training-wheels, or how to tie your shoelaces by yourself.
The first time the words on the page magically rearrange themselves into things that make sense and your world opens up, and you know and understand at that moment, that everything is possible because you can read.
The first time you realize that even though you could write a thousand more things, it’s time to stop because you just read somewhere that long answers on Quora don’t get read and don’t get many votes.
Source: Cyndi Perlman Fink on Quora.