Life will not always work out the way you plan and sometimes you don't have any control over what does happen. You may not always be happy with the circumstances given to you or the way a situation ends up but there will always be certain aspects that you will have to deal with. No question about it.

The hardest facts of life go along with the hardest problems. It's not fair, but then again no one ever said it was going to be. Sometimes, just when you think you have it beat, you are given something else to have to deal with. But life constantly teaches you lessons and they are what make and build you into the person you are and will become later on in life.

Sure, you could take the easy way out and not put yourself out there to be hurt or challenged, but then what could you possibly learn? You wouldn't know what getting your heart broken feels like and then later on finding that you have the ability and courage to love again. You wouldn't know what it's like to have the pressures and hopes of others placed on you and you not being able to meet your goal.

Sure, that doesn't sound too bad, but what about when you get back up and finally make it? You wouldn't know what it's like to have a dream and use your mind, heart and soul to achieve it. So you have a choice. You can pass thru life in a way in which you will never be hurt, nor will you ever be happy, or you can live your life to the fullest and experience everything it has to offer.

Deanna D., Age 17 --- Pennsylvania