The odds are in your favor

Being the biggest jackpot ever, I decided to buy a ticket. Like the millions of other people who bought into the madness, I began to fantasize about what I would do with the hundreds of millions I would inevitably win. I got home Saturday night to confirm that the numbers drawn were the ones that matched those on my tiny piece of paper. The results surprised me. One of my numbers matched, but that was not enough to claim the grand prize. Realistically, I never imagined I would actually win, but there was always a little hope.

I spent the rest of the night in my bed, eating Peanut Butter M&M’s and watching YouTube videos. Not because I was so upset that I didn’t win, but because I truly had nothing better to do. After a few hours of this, I went to bed.

I woke up Sunday morning with a feeling of regret. Regret that I couldn’t stay in my dream land where I was able to spend hours with friends and Korean Pop Stars such as girl group AOA and BTS’ Kim Taehyung. As per usual for when I wake up, I checked Twitter and Instagram to see what I had missed in my eight hour absence from the world. Once this was done, I opened Youtube to help start my morning.

After an hour of watching animals in the wild versus how they act in a zoo, the Ellen show came up as a suggested video. I started watching videos of the Ellen show which created all sorts of emotions I wasn’t ready for having been laying in bed for an hour. Little did I know, these feelings that were percolating, would become the fuel to drive me through the day.

Two hours were spent in bed; Emotions throughout the entire spectrum were felt. It was finally time to start my day for real. My father was in the kitchen making his lunch and we got to talking. We talked about all sorts of things and it felt like time really went by quickly. In fact, fifteen minutes went by like nothing, until we started talking about the Powerball.

People had managed to match five numbers, but were missing that all important red number. My dad asked if I was going to buy another ticket, and I looked at him like he was crazy. Of course I would buy another ticket. “I want to win the lottery, dad” I told him. That was when he dropped a bombshell.

“You know you’ve already won the lottery” he said to me.

Those words hit me like a wave on the North Shore. In that moment, he didn’t need to say any more. I looked at him, with a smile on my face and said, “You’re right.” The odds of winning powerball are 1 to 292,201,338 and the lottery that I won had far worse odds.

In that moment, I realized how lucky I am to have the parents I have and the opportunities I have had. To live where I live and have the friends that I have. Sometimes, I take what I have for granted and really need to reflect on the things I have and how thankful I am for this life. I sometimes forget that not everyone is lucky enough to have won the lottery like I have. The only thing I can really do at this point is to thank everyone that is a part of my life, especially my mom and dad.

I hope that whoever is reading this can have experiences in their life that they can look back on and realize how lucky they were to have been a part of something great. Whatever your situation is, take a moment to re-evaluate where you are in life. Then you may realize that the odds are in your favor.

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