And Now She Can Breathe Again

“We’re given second chances every day of our life.  We don’t usually take them, but they’re there for the taking.”

~Andrew M. Greeley 

Today someone has been granted a second chance at living the life that they should’ve been living all this time.  In an Italian appeal’s court, Amanda Knox was acquitted of multiple charges that two years ago got her sentenced to twenty six years in an Italian prison.  She was falsely accused and then wrongly convicted and now after spending far too much time already in prison, she has a second chance at freedom.  Now she can really breathe again.  

What will she do from this point on?  She’s had this stamp placed on her now that when people look at her they’re only going to think about the girl who went toItalyand was put on trial for murder.  For those that still believe she is guilty, she will be known as the girl who got away with murder.  She is the girl who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  She was thrown off the road to success that she was on and everyone has to be wondering the same thing that I am; what’s next for Amanda Knox? 

Many people might say that her life may be forever derailed.  I, however, think that this would be the perfect time for her to show the world just how strong she really is.  There is an opportunity that can come from this tragedy.  There is a story that she has to tell that can help to steer someone else that may soon be going off course.  This can be a new beginning for her and a chance for her to use what she went through to enhance her greatness and propel her future.  

Perhaps we all don’t share the same hardships and tragic events that Amanda Knox has had to go through but the lesson is still the same.  She persevered, and she fought for her future (along with her family), and she never gave up, not for one second.  When I think of the little minor things that I have gone through, at least minor in comparison to being on trial for a murder I didn’t commit, I am made to feel foolish.  I don’t have the stigmas that she will now have and I don’t have the long road of adjustment ahead that she will have to make.  Compared to her struggle, what do I, or any of us for that matter, really have to complain about?  

Many times I have wanted to just give up and throw in the towel and I didn’t have nearly as much on my plate as she did.  And she never gave up.  So why should I?  Why should anyone?  I am thankful for Amanda Knox having this second chance at living her life and that her family will have the chance to support her in living that life.  I am happy to know that there are second chances for those of us that consistently loose our way.  I think I’ll take God up on the one he’s always giving me.  Until next time…be thankful for all of the second chances you are given to make something right! 


Jimmetta Carpenter


The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”


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