Choice Is Fate

Benny - Glenrock, Pennsylvania
Entered on May 16, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

The circle of life has many turns, it is in our power to make, or overlook those turns. Life is a fragile gift, so take care of it, this I believe. I have had many close calls and seen many unlucky incidents. This haunts me and also makes me more aware of the dangers in the world.

Life is good, but it can be a burden too. One bad experience is when my best friend and I were on his golf cart. Now, I can honestly say from experience, two friends, golf cart, no seatbelts, and sharp turn, equals bad combination. “Hold on tight,” my friend said. My attention being completely absorbed by the ground passing by, I had the unfortunate response of “What?” Then, WHACK! I hit the ground and started somersaulting down the hill. The turn pushed me out. When I got up, I fell back to the ground again from dizziness. There was a lot of skin missing on my left ring finger. Lesson learned, I told to myself.

I am quite shocked at how many stories of people’s deaths from accidents or carelessness are on the news. This just further proves my point, which is living and dying can only be a matter of choices. One day I saw on the news that someone had drowned at Lake Redman. I’m lucky was all I could think. Earlier that week I had been there and slipped on a wet rock and almost fell into the water. Scary things come to mind when you are so close to that happening.

Pain, I must say, is a curse of life, and yet also a gift. Pain is a sign saying don’t do that again, and you learn. Usually when you make a bad decision something will go wrong. Once, I was helping my dad fix the bridge on our driveway. Now, even when you do a good deed, you still have to be careful, as I learned. I decided to take a shortcut down the steep side of the bridge, when I slipped and fell. Next thing I know, there is a piercing pain in my legs, arms, and cheek. As I quickly noticed, I was in a large thorn bush, six feet from where I fell. But you learn from things like this. Everyone has to deal with the fact that bad things are going to happen, but they can learn to control the outcome, to some extent.

Now look, I’m not trying to depress you or anything. I’m trying to make clear what will happen to the people that don’t take care of their life. Yet most of America is taking care of their lives every day, whether they know it or not. Wearing seat belts, eating healthy, checking both ways before crossing the road, and turning off the lawn mower before taking off the bag, are all small things we can all do to keep ourselves safe from harm’s way. Life is a gift, and a responsibility. This I believe.