Speech: Choices

Essay by beach_bunnyJunior High, 8th grade August 2006

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"I went to a party, And remembered what you said. You told me not to drink, Mum,

So I had a sprite instead. I felt proud of myself, The way you said I would,

That I didn't drink and drive, Though some friends said I should.

I made a healthy choice, And your advice to me was right,

The party finally ended, And the kids drove out of sight."

Good choice.

Every time we step out of our homes we will have to make choices. Every time we turn on the television, we are making a choice. Will we do something, or won't we. How will we do it? As teenagers we face many of life's difficult choices for the first time. We are reminded by the media, by our parents and teachers of the consequences of our choices, but do we really hear them?

We may have to choose whether to do something illegal because of peer pressure or stand alone and say "No!".

We may disobey the law because it's the cool thing to do or choose to walk away. Deciding to try that first smoke at a party because curiosity beckons. Then there is drink driving.... Approximately 400,000 people die in road accidents each year. What do we do?

"I got into my car Mum,

Sure to get home in one piece,

I never knew what was coming,

Something I expected least.

Now I'm lying on the pavement,

And I hear the policeman say,

The kid that caused this wreck was drunk, Mum

His voice seems far away.

My own bloods all around me,

As I try hard not to cry.

I can hear the paramedic say,

This girl is going to die.

So why do people do it, Mum

Knowing that it ruins lives?...