February 27, 2008

Who Decides: You or Life?

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My fifth grade teacher told me that everybody must give back to the world. She even made the whole class sign a purple contract, binding us to this responsibility. Her lesson inspired me to work hard.

Two years later, I remember being in the seventh grade and swearing to myself that I would give back to the world with the kind of intensity with which Mother Theresa dedicated herself; I mapped my future out. I would be a doctor, whose life would be dedicated to Doctors Without Borders. I would be a spinster forever, living in the middle of some African desert, caring for the neglected. It didn’t matter that I would probably only own three sets of clothes. After all, Mother Theresa probably only owned one garment in her life.

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