March 29, 2011
An Obligation Is Not A Choice
What defines an obligation? Is it defined as something that one has to do because it is necessary for their living or is it something that one has to do because someone says they have to? I would define an obligation as something that one has to do because it is necessary for their living. What I do not understand is how one person can dodge their obligations. I see people choose to live a life where their obligations are pushed aside as if they were choices. Obligations are not choices, but yet something that needs to be taken care of. In many situations people tend to take care of their obligations because they know that it is a necessity of their life. Making sure that one takes care of their obligations shows that they understand why it is necessary to take care of their obligations and that they have such a responsibility for the way of life.
I can recall when I had obligations that were not really a necessity for my life, but yet for the life of my younger sisters. I knew that it was my responsibility to make sure that they were taken care of in every way possible. During my senior year in high school I was living with my father and two of my younger sisters. One of my sisters was seven years old, Lindsey, and the other was two years old, Neah. My father worked from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., Monday through Friday. He had to work two jobs to make sure that we were taken care of financially. My obligation was to take care of my younger sisters while he was away. Every morning I needed to be awake to get myself ready for school, then wake up my younger sisters and get them both ready for school and daycare. I was the first home, and then Lindsey would come from school about an hour later. Not only did I have to work on my school work, but I also had to help Lindsey with hers. Once Neah arrived from daycare, which was about 6 p.m., I had to begin...
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