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   "Always look both ways beforecrossing the road," my mother says. "That way you always knowwhat is coming your way."

I am 18 years old, and for themost part have made good decisions. Just like any other teen I am facedwith many choices, like whether or not to drink, do drugs, et cetera.When faced with these decisions, I think of my mother's words ofwisdom.

"Get back on your horse and ride" are myfather's words of wisdom. I have heard them over and over and amthankful I have.

My father and I are the ones in my family wholike to ride horses; he trains and shoes them. He taught me how to ride,barrel race, and train colts. Every time I fell off, my father would askif I were okay, then say, "Get back on your horse andride."

These few words of wisdom have been helpful inother areas of my life, too. If I receive a bad grade, I don't give up,I just keep trying until I improve. When I broke my wrist I "gotback on my horse and rode" in a barrel race with my cast. I endedup taking fourth place. I never gave up even though it hurt, and thatpaid off.

I rarely give up in any situation, and have myfather to thank for that. If it weren't for his words, I would havegiven up many times.

If you are trying to make a decision,look both ways before crossing the road, and if you make the wrongdecision, get back on your horse and ride.

Thanks, Mom and Dad,for your words of wisdom.




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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