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Second Thoughts

This article first appeared in issue 17, and was written by Laura Emberton Owens.

It could have been me

The child who made running look so effortless by winning every race could have been me, but it wasn't.

The young girl who was always picked first when teams were chosen could have been me, but it wasn't.

The vision of popularity standing before an adoring crowd as she was crowned homecoming queen could have been me, but it wasn't.

The woman whose house was the envy of the entire block could have been me, but it wasn't.

The person whose every endeavor was a chronicle of success could have been me, but it wasn't.

The child who watched every race from the sidelines confined to a wheelchair could have been me, but it wasn't.

The teenager who always sat alone at school could have been me, but it wasn't.

The tornado victim who searched for salvageable belongings after her house was blown away could have been me, but it wasn't.

The mother who grieved the loss of her child could have been me, but it wasn't.

Wishing for what could have been isn't as important as being grateful for what wasn't.

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