What Responsibility Means to Me

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What responsibility means to me
Being responsible refers to our ability to make decisions that serve our own interests and the interests of others. We first need to be responsible for ourselves before we can be responsible for others. In learning to be more responsible it is important that we know our limitations. It does not matter how smart we are, there is only so much responsibility that one person can handle at any given time. It is also important to remember that we are not responsible for thing that are out of our control, for example, how other people think and feel or how they react to ourselves or others. Sharing responsibility for both success and failure can lead to increased responsibility to oneself and to others. When you hear the word “responsibility,” what do you think of first? Many people think of the word BLAME, as in, “Whose responsibility is this?” I think of responsibility as grabbing or seizing what’s in front of you, exerting or making a choice, and then taking control of it. The real meaning of responsibility is the ability to make a choice and respond to that choice. It’s going out and creating what you want through those personal choices. The responsibility that each of us has is that we are completely, 100% responsible for our choices and of how these choices will affect our lives, and the lives of other people. You think them through and decide for the right one. Being responsible has many meanings depending on what you are talking about so I’m going to break it down so I can explain easier.

Driving is a big responsibility and is taken for granted on a regular basis. With driving there are things that need to be acquired legally like a driver’s license, registration, and insurance. Without these basics driving would not be legal and consequences would be given. Being a responsible adult requires that all these things be gotten and kept up to date as the law requires. Without a vehicle it would be very hard to function in today’s society with everything being so far apart and loosing the ability to drive can be debilitating. Current needs require that one drive to and from work, the store, doctors, and for entertainment so a vehicle is a basic need. It is also important to drive safely on the road and pay attention while driving so others vehicles and their occupants will be safe. Eating, talking on cell phones, playing with the radio, and other distractions should be avoided at all cost as a safety measure. Maintenance is needed as well for the vehicle to function safely. Tires need to be in good shape and have tread as well as have the right air pressure. The oil needs to be changed regularly to keep the engine at maximum performance and in good condition. Coolant needs to be added so the engine won’t overheat as well as keeping the water from freezing in the engine block. Functioning breaks are needed to make the car stop when needed and as a basic function vehicle movement. Lights need to be changed when needed so other drivers know when the vehicle is stopping, turning right or left, backing up, and especially emergency lights in case of car failure or problems. Head lights and flood lights are needed as well especially at any time that visibility is low and when raining. Being a responsible driver is important to me for the safety of my family, friends, and other drivers as well as for me so we can all be safe and get where we need to go without any physical harm or damage.

Responsibilities to family is one of the highest on my list. Family is the cornerstone of our lives and as such holds a high position. Right now the person that holds the highest position in my life is my wife and spouse. I am a newly married man and so I have new responsibilities that I have to learn. I have to be a supportive husband and one day hopefully be a father. An example of all these new responsibilities is, one the ability to communicate my feelings and emotions in a way that they can be...
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