Story Mic

The Choo Choo Choice

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Description

Life is full of choices. We enjoy the rewards of our good decisions and we usually learn from our mistakes. Fernando Camilo shares a story about one of the biggest mistakes he made as a young boy and what it taught him.

When he was 10 years old, Fernando lived in an industrial area of Brasilia, Brazil. His family lived above his dad’s printing company. A few buildings down, there sat an abandoned warehouse.

"It was kind of like the spot where we always looked at it and went, 'I wonder what's inside,’ you know, ‘I wonder what's in there,’" Fernando describes.

Curiosity got the best of Fernando and his friends. They broke into the warehouse and found a large car racing track. Excited to play with it, the friends stole the track.

"After a few days, I started feeling pretty guilty. I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, we just stole! This is absurd! Why did we do this?'” Fernando recalls.

Needing to make things right, Fernando confessed the theft to his dad, who made him return the track to the warehouse. Fernando learned a valuable lesson the hard way.

What are the most valuable lessons you learned as a child or teenager? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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