Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:54:55 PM
It’s 7:00am and my eyes gaze outside the cold, thick, school bus window out towards where a beautiful morning sunrise is slowly arising. The deep violet tints from the previous dusky night are now mixing with the bright, vibrant rays of magenta, orange and blue hues, all forming an astonishing sight for such a slow Monday morning. I suddenly stopped my gaze when I heard the opening of the bus door and the question of safety entered my mind. Realization flooded my mind, taking control of my thoughts. I trust this substitute bus driver, a complete stranger who I know nothing about, to drive me to school. Any false turn or wrong move and the bus could crash! Why am I not scared this will ever happen? Why do I not question whether this man could be carrying a weapon or is planning to hurt us? Why do I put all my focus to the sky, rather than my self-protection? The answer is simple, I feel safe. I have trust in the society that I live in. I trust that this man will safely get my classmates and I to school on time. I trust that no one will hurt me at school. I trust that I am going to a safe environment. I know that I will get home safety at the end of the day. Wow, what an opportunity this essay contest was for me, and for all of us. It’s not about the contest; I got the chance to honestly realize how grateful I should be for the people and community surrounding me. Honestly, this was the first time I've ever asked myself “Do I feel safe?”. I’ve never had to ask myself this before. I realized how thankful I am to live in such a secure society. There are too many people, even in America, who wake up to fear and insecurity. Fear of hunger, having no shelter, being killed, losing a loved one, or even being attacked. The list could go on and on, and that makes me so sad and angry. Of coarse, this made me more aware of how lucky I am to feel so safe. When it comes down it, being safe really is like the feeling a baby would have in a mother’s arms-cozy and unharmed. I feel safe and secure everyday. I put trust into the community I live in. I want to make the world a better place. I may feel safe, but I want to help make it so others feel safe as well. I plan to join organizations that will reach out to those in need of security. We should all look out for each other and care for one another. Lets make this world a safe place for everybody.