The Reality of Distractions

Andrew T

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Here live three teenage boys in this reality. What could they possibly have in common? Don’t you remember? Piling into the car, the designated driver picked for the occasion. “Anything can happen tonight” one exclaimed, especially in this situation. But didn’t you know? Teenagers are invincible. Once arrived, they exude confidence and indulge in this situation. The three are very close friends yet possess dramatically different realities. Noise surrounds the young men, the night of which many would remember. Different paths, different circumstances, yet oh too much in common for this occasion. But didn’t you know? Teenagers are invincible. The night owl, only slept two hours for this occasion. He begins to get caught up in all the wrong situations. But all is fine, he will come to when he snaps back to reality. He is a just a kid, he needs some fun to remember. But didn’t you know? Teenagers are invincible. Time blurs, yet the fun lasts all night long, some of which he will not remember. The star quarterback becomes lost in this occasion Enjoying too many drinks in this situation. Too caught up in his image, he loses track of reality. But didn’t you know? Teenagers are invincible. Finally, the scholar, the designated driver, was pulled from his reality. Forced to come, but he never enjoys these occasions. Yet, he always found himself back in the same situation. This was one night he did not want to remember. But didn’t you know? Teenagers are invincible. The fun soon ended, the memories and faces they would always remember. Yet soon they would face reality. During the drive home, each boy was plagued from the occasion. One from drunkenness, one from exhaustion, one just plain distracted in this situation. But didn’t you know? Teenagers are invincible. The scholar’s phone buzzed, and he picked it up to check the situation. Flying down the empty street, it was his mom, worried where he was for the occasion. Instead of being caught up in his phone, he should have been observant of his reality. Suddenly, a bright flash shot throughout the car, the flash each boy would remember. But didn’t you know? Teenagers are invincible. The car flew off the road, the action too painful to be remembered. The boys were thrown, crushed, and shoved in this situation. Sirens in the background due to the occasion. Life came crashing down, the horrendous truth of reality. But didn’t you know? Teenagers are invincible. Here lie three teenage boys in this reality. What could they possibly have in common? Don’t you remember? The driver made a single mistake in this short situation. Distractions and influences during the wrong occasion. But didn’t you know? Teenagers are not invincible. One out of every four people is likely to be involved in a crash centered around texting. Cell Phones, what some may consider societies greatest achievement, destroy teens in ways many thought were impossible. Distractions stem from hundreds of objects and people in the environment. An intoxicated passenger, to a one-second glance at a text message, can produce a one-second regret that seals someone destiny. A text or a few bad decisions can wait, your future, your friends, and family cannot. Do not answer that one text, miss that one call, or ask for a ride, but do anything else than be distracted and drive. Teens are not invincible.


Description

Being a new driver, I feel as though the topic of teenage driving accidents comes up much too often. The normality and frequency of these events inspired the repetition within my poem. The pattern only breaks once the heart-breaking accident occurs, displaying how many will only take actions once the topic directly impacts them. Hope you enjoy reading.