Written by: Abbie, 14 ---- [email protected]

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"Write an essay, in 300 words or less, about your take on life." This was a challenge given to me by a teacher of mine who always thought I should be a writer. I have put this off for years because I haven't been inspired.....but now I'm not only inspired, I'm also bored; it's a very hot summer day. So I'm sitting here thinking, "What the heck, I might as well give this a ----

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My take on life is this: there are two types of people: there are people who try, and people who don't. Those who don't try follow the path of least resistance; a path that consists of slipping through any and all crevices like a river's flood, and that's one of the reasons why rivers and personalities are so crooked. Those who try either succeed or fail, but either way, they're respected.

I want to be one of those people who try to make a difference, instead of just meandering through life just to say that I lived it. I want to try to think for myself, not believe what's spoonfed to me by the mass media. I want to be able to try to see what I can't physically see; I want to try to believe in a higher power, believe in angels, fate, and the surrealness of the universe that I find when I read the Bible. I don't want to be one of those people who dismiss what they can't see because they don't want to try to see it. I want to try so that I live after I die, and find myself in a happier place full of people who tried.

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There, I did it in 206 words, well under 300. Tell me what you think, or what your take on life is, 300 words or less. E-mail me at the address at the top of the page, or just R&R!