This I Believe

Katlyn - Orrville, Ohio
Entered on May 22, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

I believe that timing is everything. Time works in mysterious ways. Most of the time I ask myself “Why couldn’t I have waited?” Of course this was not always the case. When I was little, I asked my mom why couldn’t I be in the same grade as my friend Jackie who was only a month younger than me but in a lower grade? She told me jokingly, “You waited too long.” The due date for my birth was early July; instead I “decided” to come out in late August. That is what my mom always said; I made her wait too long. Of course I was a bundle of joy to my grandfather. I was his one-day-early birthday present. Time was working on my side but I wouldn’t realize it until later.

Nearing the end of my junior year in high school, one day I went to meet my friends for lunch. A minute after entering the restaurant I heard, “That guy just jumped on your car.”

I thought he was trying catch a rise out of me at first so I laughed and brushed it off. I noticed later the roof of my dad’s convertible was caved in. I can only think that if I had arrived two minutes later this situation wouldn’t have happened. In this instance, time was against me.

What if John F. Kennedy had ducked his head down in the same instant that the bullet was heading for him? What if Martin Luther King, Jr. had spent more time eating his lunch that fateful day in 1968? History would be completely different. Our nation might still have two of best leaders still alive and contributing.

Although these things may not always be good, I believe everything happens at the right time. If it weren’t supposed to happen when it did, everything would be different. But there is a plan and things are supposed to be as they are. Time is what makes history happen. It shapes our lives in many ways. I never realized it until a series of things happened in my life that were unpreventable. I look back and ask myself “Why couldn’t I have done that sooner?”

I wish I could say that time has been in my side at many places in my life. I am sure that it has helped me, but with me being a sixteen-year old girl, those bad moments are the only one that really sticks out in my life right now. I can not exactly see how time has helped make my life better. I will notice it later someday when I look back at my life and see everything that has happened from a different perspective. Then I can see how extraordinary my life was when I was young. For the remainder of my time I hope that what I have left on this beautiful earth helps me and works with me instead of against me. This is why I believe timing is everything.