"I'd always heard your entire life flashes before your eyes a second before you die.
First of all, that one second isn't a second at all. It stretches on forever, like an
ocean of time. For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling
stars. And yellow leaves from the maple trees that lined our street. Or my
grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper. And the first time I
saw my cousin Tony's brand-new Firebird.
its hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel
like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much. My heart fills up like a balloon
that's about to burst. Then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and
then it flows through me like rain, and I can't feel anything but gratitude for
every single moment of my ... life."
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