Thanks for judging me, I needed it

For some, the defining moment in their life, may be hard to put a finger on. Even less, he or she will recognize the person that influenced the changes that they needed to make in life. For others, as myself, the person, time, and place are easy to identify.

As a kid I was a pretty wild teen. I did as I wanted, sometimes at the expense of others. The others, in my case, typically were my parents. I was on a path of self destruction, and nothing seemed to derail me. Run-ins with the police and court system, were becoming common, but never seemed to get the point across. My grades in school were horrible, and I showed little respect for law and authority figures. I needed a reality check, and to my good fortune. I was handed exactly that.

I got into the habit of sneaking out of the house and hanging with older, negatively influential people. Eventually, my luck ran out and I was arrested for breaking curfew. I was put on probation, but that still didn't do the trick. I got caught sneaking out again, which put me in a pretty sticky situation. I had violated probation and having repeated the first offense, expected the worse. This time I was scared. I had heard what happens to people that violate probation. I entered a full court room and anxiously awaited my case. When called forward, I was surprised to be taken into a side room by the judge. Everyone in the court room stared as they were left alone and I was carted off. What was said and done next had a lasting impression, and I view it as a life-changing moment.

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