Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been finding out that life isn’t fair. It never was, and it never will be. But I believe that it’s a good thing that life isn’t fair. I think that if we never had to go through tough times, we wouldn’t be grateful for the things we have. If nobody in our lives died, would we care for them as much as we would if we knew they were going to die one day? I don’t think so. I know that losing someone or even something important to a person can be devastating. But, I also know from my own experiences that the person would become stronger in the long run. On November 17 of 2007, my world as I knew it came to an end. I was at a basketball scrimmage and I blew out my knee. I was sent to the emergency room to find out that I may have torn my ACL. At that time, I didn’t even know what an ACL was, but I knew it wasn’t I good thing to tear. I had an MRI two days later which confirmed that I did tear my ACL, and I would be out for the rest of the basketball season. I couldn’t believe what was happening to me. I was devastated. I had never had such an injury, and I just didn’t know how to deal with it. Now that I look back over everything, I realize that this injury is probably one of the best things that happened to me. Sitting out a year has made me become stronger than I could have imagined. I now know that I tore my ACL to help me in the future. I always hear people complain that life isn’t fair because they just broke up with their boyfriend or that their parents wouldn’t let them go to a party. If they broke up with their boyfriend, the guy probably wasn’t the right person for them anyway. And if their parents wouldn’t let them go to a party, the kid’s parents probably had a good reason for saying no. Nobody on earth thinks that their life is fair, but the people who realize that it’ll never be, usually make the best of the life they have. So even though I believe life isn’t fair, I choose to be one of those people. I make the best of what I have and I think my life is pretty good. I know that if more people started thinking like I do, they would have a better life too.
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