The following example essay on “Making a Choice: Goals in Life” talks about how life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make, makes you.
Beginning from the time of birth until the time of death, people have to make choices on how to achieve goals in their lives. One can imagine life as long as a winding road with millions of other roads branching off in many directions. The only problem is that life is too short to explore every single road.
In addition, the essence of time will not allow anyone to go back to a road that was passed. Everyone must choose their own roads through life regardless of what others think.
I sat at my bright yellow desk and gazed out of the window. The grass was a soft green that almost had a hint of blue. The clouds were like puffs of radiant joy, ready to disperse into the wind, and travel to Earth.
I watched the clouds danced within the baby-blue sky as my classmates chattered away. Despite the calm and serene weather, a rude shock awaited me.
An anxious voice hissed through the speakers, School, a fire has broken out in the science lab and we need you to assemble in the school field now. This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill. Please assemble in the school field now. Surprisingly, the class scurried out of the class room instead of screaming and wailing incoherently. It was as though we were fearless of death which was slowly creeping behind us.
Line up in twos!
My teacher instructed. I slowly moved to the back of the line as my classmates started cutting the queue due to the panic that was starting to seize them with a vice-like grip. I gasped in horror as I was slowly pushed to the back. What shocked me was not the fact that I was the last one in line. What shocked me was the fact that my nemesis, Alicia, was my partner. Alicia and I were like chalk and cheese, we never saw eye to eye. She was like a thorn in my flesh, irritating me every chance she had. Although it was a matter of life and death, I was still annoyed.
My teacher led the class to a nearby staircase which led to the school field. However, my classmates started rushing down the stairs. Soon, everyone lost their partners in the sea of fear and panic. That was when I heard a scream tore through the air like a shard of glass. Curious, I turned around and spotted Alicia lying on the ground motionless.
Everyone had already bolted to the school field so Alicia and I were the only ones left. Although Alicia won me in many areas like studies and attitude, there was one where she was not even fit to be my competitor- Health. Alicias weak body made her vulnerable to many diseases, including asthma. Alicia clutched tightly onto the chest, struggling to breathe. She let out another ear piercing scream that reverberated in the air. Adrenaline surged through my veins. Two paths opened up for me. I had to make a choice.
A plume of fire exploded into blackness. The flames rolled outwards like the smoke of a mushroom cloud. The fire was like a great famished beast, devouring everything in its path. The thick, black, sooty smoke continued choking the air. I stood there rootless as shock robbed me of my speech. The devil in me was asking me to leave for my own safety as she deserved that fate. That fate to perish in the hands of the grim reaper. However, the angel in me was stronger that time. The angel had successfully persuaded me to go to Alicias aid.
I made my choice:
I pivoted and darted towards Alicia. I helped her off the ground that was soon going to be devoured by the inferno. Bursting into fits of racking coughs, I linked her arms around my neck and piggybacked her with whatever strength I had left. With will and determination, I hobbled down the staircase and found my way to the school field. My classmates sprinted pell-mell helter-skelter towards us and bombarded me with tons of questions which I answered. Unsuccessfully. An ambulance was called for Alicia. She was put on a stretcher and sent to the hospital. Before she was rolled into the ambulance, she mustered all her strength and mouthed a silent.
Making choices is an integral part of our daily lives. Ordinarily, we are great at making choices and we do so efficiently and seamlessly. Now and then, we are forced to make a choice that gives us a moment to pause. When that occurs, we should look at the pros and cons of each choice, then make our decision.