Mister Oz Sir, I come to you extremely lost. My name is Simon; I have been running in place for quite some time now. Yesterday, my day ran its usual course. I woke up at 6:30 AM; stretched, then wiped the crust out of my eyes. I got in the shower, and the first 15 minutes of my shower I used hot water and the last 5 minutes I used cold water. Then I brushed my teeth the same exact way that I did the day before. I used mouth wash for 2 minutes, and then I put the toothpaste on my tooth brush and brushed for 6 minutes. I finished with 2 more minutes of mouthwash.
At 7 o’clock AM, I got dressed, and I wear the same cloths every day. I have ten shirts that are the same (white polo golf shirt), ten pants that are the same (dark blue jeans). I even wear the same shoes every day. It’s 7:15 AM exactly when I leave the house every day. I arrive at work at 8 o’clock every morning. Sometimes I think everyone in the world is working of the schedule that I have. It annoys me how that bus driver is never one minute late picking me up, or one minute early dropping me off. I work from 8 o’clock AM to 4 o’clock PM. I get home at 5 PM. I eat. I shower. Then I watch TV until I fall asleep. My days never change. They don’t change because I try not to change them because of fear of what might happen. Will I lose my job if I’m late? I have been too scared to find out. I’m tired of carrying fear with me every day.
I’m coming to you about it because I need a change. I want the bus to be late or early. I want to spend 8 minutes brushing my teeth instead of 10 minutes. I’m tired of being a robot. I have been in this town all my life. I have yet to see anything the outside world has to offer. I’m not afraid to lose my job or my house. I’m afraid that when my clock stops ticking, I won’t be pleased how I have spent my time. I’m asking you, can you give me the courage to leave? Can you grant me the strength to take steps in a different direction, and not look back? I’m walking.