One life to live

As many of you know first hand, tomorrow is not a guarantee for some. We live our life and go about our daily business never knowing what lurks around the corner. Some people call it fate or destiny and others just look at it as a part of life. Whatever the case may be, people for one reason or another sometimes feel the need to try their luck, to increase the likeliness or probability that something bad could happen to them or those around them. My guess is, that they feel as though they are invincible or perhaps they believe that bad things just won’t happen to them, its not in the cards. Sadly, we just never know. Whatever their reasoning or justifications may be, I often wonder why so many people, both young and old, feel the need to test fate. Yes, we all like to have fun and there are some that are far more adventurous than others, however, we just never know.

Regardless of ones’ actions, or of the circumstances, taking chances means increasing your risk of being injured or killed. Whether it’s accidental, due to negligence or intoxication, the end result is that a life is either seriously affected or is taken far to early. In both scenarios, the people around them pay the ultimate price and they will forever have to live with the consequences of that person’s actions.

In the end, we all have to remember that life is precious and that we only get the one, so let’s be smart. Let’s stop chancing fate by taking unnecessary risks and living on the edge. Although the thrill might be real and you might come out unscathed once, twice, maybe three times, why chance it? We have to ask ourselves if it’s really worth it. The reality is, those chances can have horrific consequences, you won’t be able to grow old, have your own family and so on. Ultimately, you don’t get to have that life that you otherwise could have had.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t live life to the fullest, because again, we only get one so we should definitely make the most of it. However, we all need to take a step back at times and just think first and act second. We need to weigh out the potential outcomes and choose wisely. We all need to take control and set a good example for those around us but most importantly, we need to appreciate the life that we have been given because we really never know what tomorrow has in store.

By: Robyn Maxine Eidinger

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