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Scheffling: A lesson I have learned in life is to cherish the people around you

No one likes moving. Most people only move once in their life.

For me, all I can remember in the first 13 years of my life is moving from one place to another. I have moved four times in the past 13 years, only spending between one and five years in a place, and leaving the people I love and cherish behind.

When I was a few months old, I moved for the first time, making my new home in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I don't remember much from Kazakhstan because I was so little. I only know the things my parents and sister remember and tell in stories.

When I was 1, I moved to Budapest, Hungary. I attended an international school where I made friends from all over. People from Japan, Bulgaria, the U.K., etc., attended the school. All of our parents were in the military. We all could relate to each other, and it didn't matter where we were from or what we believed. We were friends.

When I was 4, I moved again, this time to the U.S. We moved to Waldorf, Md.

That was the longest I've lived in one place. No one was my friend or coach; they all were my family. I have never felt that happy with anyone in my life except those people. They knew everything about me and stood up for me no matter what.

If I got in trouble for any reason, my friends would try to stick up for me and end up getting in trouble themselves, but they didn't care as long as they did whatever they could for me. I did the same thing for all of them.

They were no longer my friends, they were my brothers and sisters. We all were family at dance, too, and we all had a younger kid who was basically a little version of ourselves.

At the age of 9, I moved to Colorado. We had to pack up, load the truck and drive across the country to our new home.

The way I found out was the worst. My parents called my sister and I over Skype and told us. We never got to say goodbye to our family. Not our coaches or teachers or people we went to school with. Absolutely no one.

I was devastated. The people I spent most of my life with were gone. I left them without any goodbyes or a warning. I can't even begin to imagine what they all thought. Did they think I just left for no reason or because I didn't like them? None of that was true.

I loved all of them to death and I would do anything for any of them. So do me one favor and cherish and love everyone around you, everyone important to you. Your family, friends, teachers, coaches — anyone.

I believe you should love and cherish everyone in your life before they are gone.

Elle Scheffing, a student at Severance Middle School.