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‘Every day is a gift’: Former child abductee Elizabeth Smart speaks at annual Longview Regional event

‘Every day is a gift’: Former child abductee Elizabeth Smart speaks at annual Longview Regional event
LES HASSELL
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Friday, August 2, 2013 - 8:02am

Elizabeth Smart, who was snatched from her Utah bedroom more than a decade ago, said Thursday night she could have spent the rest of her life dwelling on the horrific events of the nine months she spent in captivity, but she chose to push through the adversity and move forward with her life.

“We all have our own problems. We have a choice to keep moving forward or we can allow our trials to suck us back,” Smart said. “A lot happened to me in those nine months — none of it was pleasant. I could dwell on it every single second for the rest of my life, but I don’t want to. Every day really is a gift. ... I want to live my life so that if I die tomorrow, I would feel I had lived my life to the fullest.” 

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