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Life is like a roller coaster. You have your ups and downs, but you choose whether to scream on the downfall with no worries or take it on with your eyes closed. Once you get off the roller coaster, you choose to ride another one or walk away. This is life. You can keep choosing to go through the same routine as you do everyday or you can take the road less traveled. You leave all the hardships behind and forget about your past life. You open the door to a new beginning and start a journey on your own which is what my brother chose to do.

After my brother, Dalton, graduated, he went to Ball State University, but he soon realized he wasn’t where he belonged. He wanted to transfer to USI, University of Southern Indiana, down in Evansville, Indiana where my grandparents lived; however, I never thought he would pack up and leave. USI was four hours away which meant he would hardly come home, except on holidays or special occasions. Before he made his final decision, he laid out all his options and the battles he would face on the road ahead. All of the decision making came to an end when my brother chose to leave Galveston for Evansville.

However, I was at a loss of words but managed to ask my brother, “How could you leave your friends, family, and hometown so easy for a place you have no knowledge about?”

My brother replied and said, “It’s a chance for me to finally begin my life with a fresh start.”

Although the decision to pack up and leave many things behind seemed easy for my brother, it wasn’t. He called multiple times to check in on me, my mom, and my dad. He texted me to make sure I was doing okay and if I were succeeding in school. One day I started to think about my brother so I texted him and asked if life was more positive now and if he still was having a difficult time without family or friends, and he said, “It wasn’t easy leaving everything behind; therefore, I was actually very nervous and afraid to come down here, but I am glad I made the switch because I get to pick and choose who I hangout with and what to do with my life.”

At first I didn’t quite understand what he meant, but he proceeded to say, “when you live back home, \you start out on the path you’re born in. You kind of are given a friend group, you become similar to them, and you don’t really have anyone else but those guys.”

After hearing him say that to me, I had an epiphany to my life now. When anyone is born, his/her parents choose what school they go to and where they live;therefore, he/she is forced to become friends with those around him/her because he/she hardly has anyone else. His/Her life is chosen for them since he/she can’t change the way it is at such a young age.

He continued to say, “Life is more positive when you get away from all the difficult decisions people put you in, such as parties and drinking, and you start to make choices on your own which leads you to the brighter side of the dark tunnel you were in.” However, many people would still say my brother is crazy for leaving his old friends, but I know he is right where he belongs.

Many people in life wouldn’t have chosen to do what my brother did. They may have backed down because of the emptiness without anyone, the job of making new friends, or trying to get settled in a place they have never been before; however, having a life where he/she finally makes his/her own way is the beauty of change. Not everyone has the same point of view on this situation as I, my brother, or perhaps some others do, which is okay, but it doesn’t mean he/she can’t change. At first I was very upset and couldn’t understand how Dalton could just leave as if he were perfectly fine, but now as I watch my brother grow independently, I finally realize he made the right decision in the long run. Yes, it is hard being four hours away from him, but watching him begin a new chapter in life, on his own, is inspiring to me.

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