“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Two months into my MBA, life suddenly happened: my partner passed away.

I struggled and isolated myself. I even considered dropping out of HBS. I lost my main support and guidance; a selfless and loving person whoabove everythingwanted me to be happy. He was always very proud of me, which gave me the strength to keep going, despite my dreams being shattered.

I wish I could return to those times when I prioritized long hours of work and flights over being with him; I would set my priorities right. Sadly, I can't.

Now, more than ever, I know that every moment is valuable and irretrievable.

Going forward, I want to find happiness. I want to spend time with my loved ones, enjoy the freedom I unfortunately have, and accept a job that allows me to add value instead of accumulating wealth. I want to enjoy the little things in life – pause for a moment, live as if I won't have that luxury the following day.

People look at my grey hairs as a disaster that needs to be covered; I see them as a manifestation of the pain that is making me stronger every day.

— Sara Alsadi