Have you ever made a mistake? I’m sure we all have and that is okay. I think people should be given another opportunity to explain what happened from their side and to prove themselves. I strongly dislike when people judge me based on one thing I have either said or done. I believe in giving people second chances. No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. I believe people should give second chances, so friendships last, players can be on a team, and young drivers can earn licenses.
Kaity and I have been best friends for several years. We never had any problems with our friendship until Kaity became friends with this girl named Lauren. Lauren and I both liked this guy named Kevin. Kaity went behind my back and set Kevin and Lauren up. Ultimately, the two of them started dating. Kaity would always plan double dates with her, her boyfriend, Lauren, and Kevin. She started leaving me out and would only make plans with her new group. I was hurt, so pushed Kaity out of my life for about two months. Then, out of nowhere I received a phone call from her. She really needed someone to talk to. I gave our friendship a second chance and let Kaity back into my life.
In high school, I really wanted to try-out for the basketball team. Unfortunately, I was on vacation with my family during the first two weeks of practice. I really needed to work on my shooting and running, so the coach basically told me to go out for another team. I really wanted to play so I asked if there was anyway I could have another chance to show him why I deserved to be on the team. He was impressed with my persistence and said he would give me another chance. I did really well at the practice on Saturday. My coach was so impressed that he gave me a spot on the team. If it were not for second chances, I would have never earned a varsity letter.
Driver license centers realize that people are only human and they make mistakes; this is why they allow teenagers to come back and take their test if they fail. I had practiced parallel parking and using my signals every night for months. None of that even mattered, because I blanked and hit a cone. I failed, so I rescheduled. I prepared myself for my second test and passed without a sweat. I don’t know what I would’ve done without my second chance to take the test.
If it were not for second chances I would have missed out on some great times and memories in my life. I believe everyone should continue to give people second chances. I think you should forget about grudges and just give people another chance or opportunity, because you never know when you may need them to do the same in return.
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