Chosen: (adj) having been selected as the best or most appropriate.
Without spraying dark, sticky thoughts into the air, I must admit that if I knew what I know now, I might not have chosen to be born.
I certainly would not have chosen to be raised in the Midwest of the United States during a season when prejudice, bigotry and self-righteousness were considered to be “American values.”
I wouldn’t have chosen to be fat. Even though some people try to gain their self-esteem while encased in blubber, the excess poundage does take its toll.
I don’t know exactly what I would have chosen–I mean, I could continue this list and probably offend everyone I know.
But I certainly would have chosen Jesus.
This is not because I’m a religious person. Matter of fact, I have been known to doze off immediately at the mention of prayer.
It’s the practicality.
It’s the humanity.
It’s the responsibility that Jesus of Nazareth placed on himself and his followers that lets me understand that he “gets it.”
He gets what it means to be a human being on this planet called Earth. I don’t know if his manifesto would work on other planets. I don’t know anything about habitation in other galaxies.
But Earth requires a certain payload to launch your rocket.
I’ve chosen that.
I fail at it, and as long as I realize it’s a failure on my part and not a master plot against my happiness, I’m usually just fine.
I don’t know what else specifically I would have chosen.
I would not have chosen a career as a writer, because criticism and obscurity are your only friends.
Would I have chosen to pen this essay? Probably not.
I got up in a rather relaxed, lazy mood, and your interest just didn’t interest me that much.
So I’ve chosen, at times, to persevere–even though the immediate benefit does not scream its worth.