Whenever an exciting opportunity comes my way, I always ask myself three questions: Will anyone get hurt? Is it illegal? Does it make for a good story? The way I see it, if my answer is no, no, and yes, then count me in. Now, this has thrown me into some pretty intense situations, but, no matter what, I always have a story to tell. I'll give an example:
During my senior year of high school, the big clown scare was going on. Videos had been posted of clowns with knives and mallets chasing people. By some stroke of luck or, most likely, insanity, I got the idea of tweeting a selfie of me with a clown neatly photoshopped in the background.
I know, I'm a genius.
Much to my surprise, the picture spread like wildfire. By sixth period, everyone was talking about it. Unfortunately, I was ordered to the assistant principal's office. As Officer Hill escorted me to the gallows, I contemplated what I had done wrong. No one got hurt, I wasn't breaking any specific law, and I'm pretty sure that this would make for a good story.
I arrived into Mrs. Marring's office and was immediately interrogated. "Where is the clown?" she asked me. She even thought I had hired a clown to come to school. I didn't blame her though, I had done some pretty extravagant pranks before. Apparently, my tweet had resulted in at least 38 calls from concerned parents, a visit from the police department, and the nearby middle school being put on lockdown. At one point, during our thirty-minute court case, she demanded that I delete the tweet. To which I replied, "Did you see how many favorites I got?" Marring ended up letting me off with only a warning. I believe she ended our conversation saying that "only a fool would find that tweet funny." Of course, the rest of the school thought it was hilarious.
Mark Twain once said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do." I look back on my high school experience fondly. I think about things I would've done differently and honestly, I wouldn't change a thing. Now I wasn't the star quarterback or homecoming king, but I left my own impression on the school. Even if it was in the form of numerous concerning news stories.
Those three questions have kept me out of a lot of trouble, but they've also gotten me into trouble when I needed to. They've kept me young and I know I'll stay young for quite some time. I also know I'll never run out of a good story to tell. Stories are everywhere, all around us. I believe everyone has the potential to have amazing stories unfold right in front of them. They just have to know where to look.