The Uncertainties of Life

Vanessa - Wichita, Kansas
Entered on March 2, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Every day I walk outside the house, anything can happen. I could meet someone new, I could lose a friend, and I could even win a million dollars. If you choose the pessimistic route, I could cause a car accident, or even lose my life. I believe in the uncertainty of our lives.

When I walk into my garage and start my car, the car which I wanted since I was five, I know anything can happen. My car stands as proof of this statement. Late in the month of May, on my birthday, my parents took me on a trip to a car dealership. With intentions of only looking, I became flabbergasted when a shiny blue car with balloons held a birthday card from my parents. Never in my wildest dreams would I receive a brand new car on my 15th birthday. This uncertainty appears every day in life. And that makes life worth living.

On a similar day a year and a half later, my father went to have teeth removed at an outpatient center. I woke up, and thought of the day as nothing out of the ordinary; I went to school, and I took notes in classes. Little did I know, a few miles from my school, my father received the necessary amount of sedation medication before his teeth removal. But this action did not mean much. With two major surgeries under his belt, he did not worry. However, the medication acted differently this time. Instead of putting him to sleep, he went into cardiac arrest; three times. Without oxygen, the doctors placed him in an ambulance to a local medical center, and labeled him as critical. Just another health procedure, but one that did not go as planned.

Miraculously, my father awoke with no signs of his ordeal. Instead he awoke with his usual humor, and proceeded to joke around as if nothing happened. Once the hospital released my father, he returned home and immediately wanted to go to the store. He never liked staying in one place very long; some things never change.

But I learned something during his stint in the hospital. And it had nothing to do with healthcare. Anything can happen. An ordinary day can easily turn to extraordinary; for better or for worse. Because of this, I wake up, start my car, and head out to a day which I know could easily be my last. Or could it be the best day of my life? I do not know. I can only say that I must live the day to the fullest, because the uncertainties are too great to be exact.