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I had a scare yesterday that got me thinking really hard. It's one of those things that you just imagined what you would do in the situation but hope it never happens. Luckily it was just a scare, but it could have been very real.

It was just a normal Saturday.
We went to the mall to walk around and maybe (hopefully) find Easter clothes.
We went into Belks and my friend, Veronica, and I were looking around with my family close by.
We casually looked at all the dresses and said, "THAT IS LIKE SO CUTE" way too many times.
We gradually headed over to the shoes, and we looked, and then Veronica and I drifted to the purses and "oohed and ahhed" over them all......... Until we seen the prices...... Michael Kor's ain't cheap, guys.

We were just looking around, having a good time, and laughing together.

Then we heard a huge explosion right in front of us. Huge. I can't even put enough emphasis on how loud it was.
My first thought's were: That was a gunshot.
My heart was racing so fast, and all I could think was that I needed to get out.
I looked around and saw that I was luckily really close to the door and was about to pull Veronica's hand and say, "Come on! We need to get out!"
But just as I did I heard someone say, "It was the sign! The light exploded."

What everyone thought was a bomb (apparently I'm the only one who thought it was a gunshot) was just one of the light-up signs on the makeup counter. A lady bumped it with her cart, the sign fell onto the floor, and the lights inside exploded.

I was still shaking for quite a long time afterwards. It shook everyone in that store up.
It's the kind of thing that you hear about on the news but you never think it will happen to you, ya know?

But besides the fact that it scared me, shook me up, and made me paranoid, after I left the store I was thinking about it and there were other things that scared me too.

When I heard that "gunshot" I didn't see anyone else but Veronica. We were together, yes, but my family was beside me the whole time and I didn't even notice. I didn't notice anyone else in the store. What if that was real and I could have grabbed one of my smaller siblings hands and helped them out too, but I was in such panic that I didn't?

And I had no clue that would happen. I was just walking through that store with no care in the world.
It really showed me that your life can end in the blink of an eye.
We were laughing at the price of the purses and then two seconds later my whole life (if I still had one) would have changed.
That situation showed me how fleeting life is and how quick it can be over.
It showed me how much more I want to live in the now, and most importantly, living for Jesus every second of my existence.
It really, truly, scared me.

When it was all cleared up and I realized that I was okay, we joined my family and told them how scared we were and my mom said, "Girls, you all need to realize that that is a very real reality."
And she's right. It's a frightening thought, but she's right.

So just remember that at any moment your life could be flipped upside down and to never, ever waste any second to live.

aaliyah xx


  1. Wow, this is really powerful. Thank you so much for sharing. <3

    1. Thank you so much, Katie :) I felt like the post was all over the place and didn't make much sense, so I am so relieved you enjoyed it. :)

  2. okay when I first saw the word gunshot I was seriously scared LOL. I'm glad it wasn't. This is a great post liyah!

    1. HA! I'm realllyyy glad it wasn't too! Thanks, LIVVYYYY! ILYSMOK

  3. Wow, yes. This. ♥ So SOOOO true, we have to constantly remind ourselves of how precious and beautiful life is. It's amazing, delicate, gorgeous. The sad thing is, so many people see it differently -- not how God sees it. You're one DEEP CHICA you know that?? Like it astounds me how you think about stuff and write it down and you're just coherent and very well-spoken. (Also you're awesome. LITTLE BONUS THERE.)

    rock on,
    abbiee @ the music blog


    2. AAAAABBBBIIIIEEEEEEEE!!!! Thank you :)))) THANKKKK YOOUUUUUU!!! I was not very confident in this post so your comment actually made.my.day. ok?

      I like being deep. I'll take that. Totally.

      And it astounds me how you are so awesome and hilarious and comforting and awesome and more awesome.

  4. This is so true. So many people think they have forever and don't care about what they do now because they will get straightened out later. But what if there is no later? I'm so thankful that God has brought me into his mercy and kindness.

    1. I wholeheartedly agree, MaryKate. <3

  5. this is so true and completely powerful.

    i know exactly what you mean. last year a bank was robbed in my town and they shut down schools in the area and police blocked off a few neighborhoods and it was a scary, chaotic night. life is so fragile.


    1. Oh, wow. I bet that was absolutely terrifying.
      Life is so extremely fragile, you're right.

      Thank you so much for your comment, Emily :)

  6. I love you Aaliyah!!!!!!!!


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