The Choices You Make

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Just a normal day on the road Headed to class, the store, the coffee shop Unsuspecting, never thinking That it could really happen to you. Body in the car, mind someplace else Eyes now on the street, now the phone, now the radio In a hurry and never thinking That these moments could be your last. The choices you make aren’t just about you. Your father and mother, your siblings and friends, Aunts, uncles, grandparents They know you, they care They’ve poured their lives into you Been there since your first giggles and steps They’re letting you go They’re helping you fledge, But now it’s up to you to decide. Both hands on the wheel Eyes straight ahead You’ve done this a thousand times You know how to drive. Just a glance at the phone The roads are familiar Just one moment to rummage around for a snack “Nothing will happen.” “It’s not a big deal.” The car swerves off the road Or crosses the line Even though “just a second” was supposed to be fine. Now you’re hurt–or you’re dead. It’s over for you. But what of the damage that you’ve left behind? Hospital bills, court, a totaled car Far worse are the wounds in your family’s hearts Lives forever changed, a hole deep inside They trusted you But you made the wrong choice. The choices you make don’t affect you alone. It can get out of hand You are not in control Of anything else It’s just YOU you command You need to be disciplined. Say “no” to right now You’re driving–stay focused Your life is precious Are you really too busy to think it all through? How you drive matters So put the phone down Turn the radio off Or get used to its sound ‘Til your vehicle stops. Give one hundred percent to the task at hand Things don’t always go according to plan But the risk is so high If you don’t play it safe If you make the wrong choice It might soon be too late.