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Decisions are an inevitable part of life The effects of our decisions that we make will have a significant impact on our lives In The Things They Carried Tim OBrien was faced with a critical decision My senior year of high school I too was faced with a decision that would effect where I would go what I would do and who Id be with Every senior in high school was faced with this same big Senior Decision of which college to choose We all realized quickly that there were so many choices out there and what seemed like so little time to choose In the novel The Things They Carried OBrien wrote about the decision of whether to stay in the United States face the draft and fight for something that he felt was against his morals or to run to Canada to escape from the pressures of the draft and bring shame and humiliation to his family and town When old man Elroy took OBrien out on the boat on the Rainy River to Canada and gave him the chance to flee OBrien just sat there and couldnt The old man started fishing like nothing was different OBrien sat there as his life started to flash before him He saw himself at six dressed up as a cowboy at twelve he was a short stop and at sixteen he was all dressed up for his first prom On the shoreline of the Rainy River he saw hallucinations of his family the Chamber of Commerce old teachers girlfriends cheerleaders and old buddies He even imagined that he saw people that had no major impact on his life Abraham Lincoln members of the United States Senate and the last survivor of the American Civil War were others that he envisioned standing on the bank of the Rainy River OBrien sat on the boat grasped the edge of the boat and tried to force himself overboard
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