Spring of my sophomore year of high school I ran into a life decision that would change my life forever. I was with a group of friends and we were consuming alcohol. Very early that morning after we had all gone to sleep I was woken up by a stern voice. When I opened my eyes I was welcomed by two police officers. We had been charged for underage consumption and I had to call my parents to come pick me up.
It was around 5 am when we got back home after what felt like an eternity in the car. I was in my kitchen sitting at our oval table with both of my parents across me. Emptiness is what I would describe as my feeling. A feeling of being numb, no emotion, no thought, Due to the reason for us sitting at our table this early. Looking across the table at my parents made my heart sink. The fact that I had hurt myself did not concern me but to see the look of disbelief and disappointment in their eyes is what bothered me the most. I had never seen my parents like that before. My mother could hardly look at me and just stared at the table as if she was in denial. I had lied to them about where I was going and what I was doing. My father was a little less surprised about the situation because he had an idea that I had been partying. Still though, when I looked into his eyes I could see the disappointment I had caused. I had no idea what to do or where to start to fix this. My dad then told me something that I have carried with me since that day. He said to me, “ Josh we know that you understand the severeness of this but what do you plan to do to fix it. “ I told him “ I don’t know what to do. Everyone I know is going to hear this and think I am a bad kid.” He looked at me and said, “ They are not going to judge you from this one act. However they are going to start watching you, and its what you do from this point on that going to tell them is this who josh is or did he just make one mistake and josh is really the good person we think he is.”
I took that and since that night I have tried to live my life that way. This was my sophomore year and I wasn’t doing well in school either I had a 2.5 GPA and was hanging out with the wrong crowd. I took my dads advice and turned things around. My last two years of high school I stopped partying and finished with a 3.8 GPA for my last two years. That one night changed my life for the better. I don’t regret what I did because it is part of who I am today and those words my dad spoke to me have lead me to where I am.