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All my life I have been told to be who I want to be. What if I don't know who I want to be? All my life I've been told what to do. What if I don't know what to do now? All my life I've been told I'm somebody. What if I don't feel like somebody? What if? All their lives, most people have been told to be who they want to be and not many of them know who they really want to be. What if we all knew who we wanted to be by our freshman year in high school? I think our lives would be a lot easier, don't you? I think that if we all knew who we wanted to be, we would follow a direct path to that destination. I think there would be less crime, less homeless people, and everyone would be a lot happier.

What if? All their lives, most people have been told what to do, but as we get older, we don't know how to figure out what to do on our own. So we sit, and we ponder, and we ask ourselves, "What do I do now?" How would our lives be different? My guess is we would all be more concealed; less open. We wouldn't have friends or family close enough for us to go to for answers. We would all be a bit lonely. What if? All their lives, most people have been told they're somebody, but what about those who aren't somebody? What if all the people who aren't somebody suddenly became somebody? How would everyone else be affected? How would the responsible, hard workers be affected? What would happen to them? Would they suddenly fall? Cheaney pg 2 Would they be less successful? What if everyone was born to be somebody? Who would benefit the most? Who then would be most successful? What if people weren't told that they were somebody? Do you think our world would be the same? I think everything we now know would fall to pieces. I believe that everyone would hate everyone and there would be so much violence that it would eventually be like one big civil war. What if? How do you think everyone would act if the whole world were just a little different? What if everyone taught their children a little differently, then our world would be upside down. What if no one taught love, respect, and kindness? What if no one knew what they were supposed to do and how they were supposed to do it? No one can say just how everyone would act if everyone was taught differently. What if no one ended slavery? No one really knows. What if everything in our world were different? Where would we all be? Would we be here? Would this essay be typed? Would there be a college? Would females be able to work and learn? Who really knows? No one, that's who. So the question still remains- what if? I've always thought about the stupidest stuff, stuff that is pointless and difficult. It really opens up more doors to the world when you think outside of the box that you live in. When you step outside of that box and look around, the world is a different place and your mind seems to think differently.

Thinking this way has helped me become who I am today. My thinking has made me push myself right to the edge of my box, far enough away from reality that I can see everything else, and where all my hopes and dreams can almost come true. I can almost Cheaney pg 3 see what would happen if I wasn't always told what to do, wasn't always told to be who I want to be, wasn't always told that I was somebody. I can see to the end of eternity. How things might be; how things were. Everything I think about, I can almost see just by standing at the edge. The edge of reality, that fine line between reality and fiction. What if you were standing on that line? What would you wonder about? How would you think? What would you wish and dream? What if you were where I am? What if? What if we were all standing right at the edge of reality? What could happen? What if we were all the same? What if everyone spoke a different language? What if no one could talk? What if no one fell in love with any one? Think about it. Look outside the box. Figure out who you really are, not just who you were made to be or who you wish you were. What if? Everyone is their own person, although we try to make people believe we are someone we aren't so people will like us, or so that we can be more like others and have more friends, or to fit in with everyone else.

Be who you want to be. What does this really mean? People twist it so much and make it seem like it means be like someone who you want to be. It doesn't. It means don't let someone else tell you who you are and don't let people sculpt you into someone your not. Why are we always told what to do? We are told what to do because it helps us to become who we are. It helps us to become responsible and teaches us how to behave. You are somebody. Even if you're a bum living under a bridge, you're still somebody. Even if you aren't a millionaire and the whole world doesn't know who you are, you're still somebody.

Cheaney pg 4 What if? That is an excellent question with so many answers, but you need to come up with your own answers. Don't let people tell you the answers to your mind's questions and you will realize who you are, who you want to be, what to do, and that you are somebody.

Question: what if? Answer: only you know.