“Humans are powerful creatures. Life is full of choices. We can choose to use our power for the good of mankind, or we can choose to destroy mankind. What will you choose to do with your power?” ~ Me
While this may be directed to young adults, this also applies to everyone -young and old – who is reading this.
Believe it or not, each one of us has a power inside. Even if you think you don’t, trust me, you do. Whether you’re a victim or a warrior, you have a power. You just may not know it yet. No, to my knowledge, none of us has powers like Superman or Wonder Woman, but we are all powerful in our own way. Each one of us also has the ability to choose what to do or not do with our powers.
Right about now, schools are getting ready to close down for the summer and some kids are getting ready to graduate from high school or college. Each one of you has the power of choice. Will you look for a job? Will you continue on for more education? Will you drop out of school? Will you move out of your parents house? Will you marry the one you love? Will you start or continue to use drugs?
I know, I know. I hear the moans and groans. “Who does this old lady think she is? I know what I’m doing. I can handle it. I only use ‘X’ on ‘Y’ days. I’m not going to be an addict.”
Really? Are you that confident?
I remember being in your shoes once upon a time. I was young and dumb, rather I did dumb things. I graduated from high school, hung out with my friends, partied, moved in with the man I thought I loved, barely graduated from college, moved back in with my parents for a few years, yadda, yada. I even thought I was invincible. Come to find out I wasn’t. I had a power inside of me back then. Instead I chose to not to use that power for good or be good like I had planned. However, today I have found my power again. It has changed a little bit but I have chosen to do good with it.
I know I’m not some hip young person who’s even close to your age trying to share my wisdom. No, I don’t know everything you are going through at your age and I’m not going to pretend to. I do remember, though, what it was like to be your age. “Yes! I’m finally free to do whatever I want, whenever I want! I can finally drink. I can text/drink/get high and drive if I want. I won’t get into an accident. I can handle it. I won’t become some dirty drug addict.”
What you don’t understand is that you may get away with any of your bad choices today, but tomorrow may be different. Tomorrow you could do one to many hits/pills/shots/whatever get into a bad accident or worse. You could die. When I say tomorrow, I don’t mean it literally. Tomorrow could be next week, next month, next year or numerous years down the road.
Another thing you may not know is that when an addict chooses to use drugs, there are three, and only three, ways that life will end; jails, institutions or death. I know this. I’ve seen this happen in the lives of people I once loved like brothers and sisters.
Each and every one of you reading this, young and old, have so much potential. Yes, even you, the one who doesn’t believe in themself, you have so much potential too. Don’t waste it by making a choice today that you’ll regret tomorrow. And that goes for the young lady I spoke with a few nights ago.
Thought for the day: Break free from the voices that tell you you’re unworthy – whether their internal or external. Make today the day that you choose to use your power. Choose to live up to your potential.
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