I believe that life is not fair. This year, a well-known junior at our school named Peter Ramirez was struck buy the driver of a Chevy truck when long boarding with his friends after school. He regularly went to church every Sunday with his family, had a nice girlfriend and loving friends all around him, and he absolutely loved to skate. He was even a part of the long boarding club at school and participated in teams. It’s all he ever loved to do. He was a good boy who never did anything to deserve what happened to him and his life was taken anyway.
Peter’s death touched the hearts of so many people. People who did not even know him well came to his memorial and funeral. It’s heartbreaking to think how far he could have gone in life, and how successful he could have became as an adult. He only lived sixteen short years and impacted many people’s lives.
I always thought life was fair enough, but when I think about it, I realize that bad things happen to great people and great things happen to terrible people. That’s just the way life goes sometimes. People can’t control everything that happens in their life. I believe people should just live their lives day by day and take it a day at a time, as it comes.
Why should life be fair? If everything in life was easy, we wouldn’t have to work for things and life would be boring. The conflicts we may face on a daily basis make us stressed, angry, sad, happy, excited, or anything else. It’s what makes life so interesting. When peter got hit after school that day, no one saw it coming; his friends, his girlfriend, his family, the truck driver, especially not peter himself. It was a terrible accident that happened to a wonderful human being; a being who deserved nothing of the sort.
When life throws obstacles at you, whether you think they are fair or not, we have to deal with them somehow or another. Perspective on life depends on how we react to and deal with daily problems. It can affect our attitudes and the way we view things.
Losing someone is nowhere near being easy and it could take days to months to years to get over the fact that someone that was once close, or was very close to you before they passed away, is gone forever. People face death, bankruptcy, poverty, and other major conflicts everyday.
Some have it worse than we think, but I’m sure no one would disagree with me that life is not easy because we all have to deal with problems, big or small. They all impact our lives in some way or another.
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