You Can’t Hide Forever

by Frank

Soldier taking aim

Photo by John Hughes

In 2001 one of the most horrifying terrorist attacks that took place on American soil was permanently etched into the minds of the people who witnessed and experienced it. There are no words that I could use to explain the pain, anger, or tragic memories that the people who lost loved ones experienced. In the midst of the chaos and confusion Al Qaeda boldly stated that they were the responsible party and their leader threatened of more deadly attacks.

In the ensuing years out of fear of retaliation the same leader who boldly threatened additional attacks found himself fleeing for his life and found refuge in the caves and hills of his country. He was moved from location to location, transported to safe house to safe house, and constantly surrounded by armed guards and security forces. His actions didn’t match his aggressive and bold tone. He was hiding from the repercussions of his actions.


When I was a kid I had an addiction to swearing. I would curse about any and everything. You couldn’t ask me how was the weather without me telling you it was f#*!@^ great. I would try to formulate entire sentences using curse words and with my love of writing and vocabulary I had a talent for doing just that. I had a real problem.

Well I was raised in a Christian household and I knew that type of language would not be tolerated. So, I did what any kid would do. I cursed like a fool outside of the home and was an angel when in front of the home folks. I would curse talking to my friends on my cell phone and be the model of perfect conversation when communicating with my peers on the home phone. I was the master of hiding my mess, my issue, my destructive vocabulary.


Well after 10 years of searching Osama Bin Laden even with the protection of all of his aides and followers was discovered and eliminated with extreme force. No matter where he went, no matter where he hid, no matter how hard he tried to cover up his location he still was exposed and had to pay the price for his actions.

Well after 10 years of cursing, even with all of my strategic planning and masterful schemes of hiding my issue, I was discovered and severely punished. The crazy thing is I exposed myself. My addiction to cursing had become so severe that I became careless and let off a few choice words at a peer in the heat of the moment and my mother was standing behind me. I had to pay the price and it cost me a lot. So, much I actually do not curse to this day. I was scared straight. 🙂


“For every action there is a equal and opposite reaction.”

In life you have to be mindful of the choices that you make. What you do in the dark will eventually be brought to the light. Making a bad decision is not the end of the world but hiding in your mess will get you killed. If you don’t believe me ask Bin Laden. Honesty is truly the best policy. When you do things that harm others don’t be surprised when what goes around comes around.

Sorry this one doesn’t have my lovey dovey drive to it but I want to challenge you to make the right decisions or start saving up your money because eventually you will have to pay the cost.

Is it really worth it?

You can’t hide “it” forever.