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June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under Columns, Samuel Moore-Sobel No Comments

By last four years well.

Graduation is almost here! The day we have all been waiting for. During the beginning of June hundreds of high school seniors are graduating, moving onto college and out into the world to make an impact. I feel so blessed to have made it this far, especially since there wasn’t always a guarantee that I would.

On September. 1, 2009, I was in an accident involving sulfuric acid. I was hired for a day to help some people move furniture and boxes. We were cleaning out the shed when a box that contained a glass jar of sulfuric acid exploded, and I suffered second and third degree burns on my face and arms.

It was an experience that I will never forget. I remember the countless surgeries and the toll it took on my family and my emotions. But I have to say that I learned a lot. I learned about myself, and about how I responded to adversity and the things I did to make it through.

For me graduation is a huge milestone, because I know that on that day I could have died. The acid got into my mouth, and I was able to spit it out. It could have burned down my throat and touched my organs. The way the acid burned my eyelids, I should have been blind. So I am grateful that I worked hard enough to be able to receive my diploma, hold it in my hands, and remember where I came from and where I am going.

We all have adversity in our lives. It comes in different forms and hurts in different ways, but it happens. I think the key is how you deal with it. One’s true character comes out in times of trials, and it inspires others to do the same. I look at my fellow classmates, and I believe that most of us are going to be so successful. I know that in spite of the challenges we face, or maybe because of the challenges we face, we will change the world. I am proud to be a part of it, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out. I have learned that life is full of surprises, good and bad. At the end of the day, it is how you respond to challenges and successes that really counts. So to the Class of 2012, may the world never be the same!

I hope you have enjoyed reading my column. I have enjoyed writing it, and I hope that it isn’t the last time you see my work in print. This column has been a great way for me to voice my frustrations, and to educate others about what challenges and fears a high school senior faces. But most of all I think it was a way for me to try to prove that young people don’t always deserve the bad reputation that they are often given.

I do not know everything else that is in store for me in the coming months and years, and neither do any of my classmates. I know that not everything will go according to our plans, but I am confident that we will all find a way to make it through. I am grateful that my life was spared on that day, and I hope to encourage others with my story. I am not happy this accident occurred, but I do not see how I could have learned all of these valuable lessons without this traumatic experience. Through this my eyes have been opened to how blessed I am and how I can serve other people, and for that, I will be forever grateful.

Samuel Moore-Sobel is graduating from Stone Bridge High School, and serves as a member of The Good Shepherd Alliance Board of Directors.

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