Saturday, June 4, 2011

~Do Not Depend On A Second Chance~

"You don't always get a second chance, so make the right decision the first time."
-My Aunt Vanessa


I am going to teach you something and I hope it sticks with you for the rest of your life. And that lesson is the quote I posted above. I know in society it may seem like second chances are everywhere, but life is no video game. There are not short cuts, extra men, and quarters to add to the machine when you mess up. Sometimes all you have is one shot and that is it, and that can either make you or break you. The great part about this is YOU ultimately have the power to choose what you want.

Yesterday, I watched an amazing documentary on ESPN about a famous college basketball star by the name of Len Bias. As soon as I got done watching it I knew I was going to blog about his message. You see Len Bias was an extraordinary basketball player for the University of Maryland in the 80s. He was also drafted to play for the Boston Celtics and was the second overall pick. Len Bias was even compare to the superstar Michael Jordan.

Although, Len Bias was so talented he never got the chance to play in the NBA. He died 48 hours after he was drafted from cardiac arrhythmia. Len Bias was so excited about his victory he wanted to celebrate with his friends back on his college campus. That fatal day he overdose on cocaine (most say it was his 1st time using the drug) and had a seize and stopped breathing. A star in the making was gone to soon, but I believe his story shares a special purpose today.

You see Len Bias made a decision that night that caused him his life and dream. He was only 22 years old and was on the verge of making history. What if Len Bias was the next Michael Jordan? We will never know that outcome because of the wrong decisions that were made that fatal night.

Do you get the message? Do you see how one decision can cause you your life without a second chances? Do you understand the impact it can cause to the people who love you? In life you can not give into peer pressure, you have to have a mind of our own. You have to learn how to stick with your decision and not give in. You have to be strong when the going gets rough. You have to stay on our P's and Q's. And most importantly you have to make the right decision the 1st time.