The Consequences of a Few Seconds.

Cecilia C

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September 28th, 2018. The Consequences of a Few Seconds. Life. The single word that wakes us up in the morning, makes us want to see what happens next during the day, and puts us to sleep at night. We define it as the time in which a living organism is born until it dies. It is a collection of moments and memories that will guide us through our future. Sometimes, we get carried away by these and we feel like everything is possible. Everything is going just the way you planned it and nothing could make you happier than how you are right now. You feel like you have control over your whole life. That nothing could ever hurt you. That you are invincible. Sorry to break it to you, but this is not true. Life is also about those unexpected moments where everything changes in a matter of seconds. You are confused, nervous, scared. Stress rules over your body. You lose all the control you had before. Your whole world is upside down. Distracted driving may be one of the causes for someone’s life to change this rapidly. Many people think that it won’t happen to them. That the chances are very low. According to the NHTSA, in 2016, 3,450 people were killed when driving. 391,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. There’s approximately 481,000 drivers using their phones while driving. This leads to a great possibility of deaths and injuries on the streets. The main causes for these crashes are daydreaming, cell phone usage and an outside person or object. None of these are reasonable excuses for someone’s death or injury. My question is, do you really want your last words to be “LOL” or “Your haircut is so pretty” or any other comments that you could have done after? Is your life worth the risk you are taking every single time that you pick up your phone to check a notification? I can assure you that most of the messages you are reading are not an emergency. Would you like your last thoughts to be the grocery list of items you have to buy at the supermarket? I am trying to make some awareness, because we tend to forget about the consequences that our actions can have. So today, I ask you to put your phone while driving in mute, focus on the road, and to value your life more than a text or a thought. Driving is not a game. If you make a mistake while doing it, there’s no going back if something bad happens after. Every time you leave your house, it could be your last time crossing that door. And that is life. We live based on the uncertainty of results. But we try to be as careful as possible so we can live for those that we care for. You must find a reason for you to wake up every single day. Is it your mom, dad, sibling, pet, or even yourself? They care about you and they will be waiting for you at home to come back. It is YOU who is driving, and it is YOU who is going to pay for what happens next.