Essay by David GannawayHigh School, 12th gradeA+, November 1996

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Whether it is getting a bad grade in English class, leaving home to go to college, or

losing a loved one, we all experience sorrow. Sorrow is some kind of pain or distress of

the mind caused by a loss or misfortune. It is a part of life that we all must learn to deal

with. People cope with sorrow in different ways. Certain people let every misfortune that

they encounter get to them. They flip out if they get a C on one of the many minute

assignments in a class. If they get a traffic ticket, they think the world is coming to the end.

People who deal with sorrow like this are not being reasonable. Do these people believe

these minor flaws in their day-to-day living are going to have a life long affect on them?

They do not have to be sad, but they choose to be.

One day I got my second traffic ticket in my first year of driving. As soon as I

looked into my rear view mirror and saw the officer turn on his flashing lights, my heart

sank into my stomach. The officer asked if I knew why I was being stopped. I was

speeding and I knew it. The officer went back to the car and began to write the ticket,

while I was sitting in my car thinking. At first I thought about how much trouble I was

going to be in and how much money it was going to cost me. I was very depressed. Then

I got to thinking. What's the big deal? It's just a little traffic ticket. Sure, I may get in

trouble, but who cares? It's just a small detail in my life. I can whine and complain, or I

can focus on the...