Every time I got into a fight with my sister; I
would runaway and expect it would be over when I came home. Every time I got
in trouble at school; I would runaway and expect not to get in trouble when I
got home. My problems were always there when I got back. Usually the
consequences had gotten worse because I had runaway.
worst consequence was being taken out of my home. Since, I had a history
of running they always put me away somewhere far. This prevented me from
seeing my family. But, I always had a trick up my sleeve and Iím very
observant, I can go into any area and find my way around. So no matter how
hard D.S.S. (Department of Social Services) tried to make me stay put
somewhere I would find a way to get back to my neighborhood. I never ran to my
house because of my hate for the police. Besides, I had more fun on the
streets. All those whoíve spent time on the streets know what I mean.
this life was fun it has its own consequences. There were many times I should
have been taken off this earth but God saved me. Iíve also lost many friends
to the streets. My best friend Tasha fell into prostitution and her pimp
killed her. My uncle Donald became addicted to crack and it killed him.
There are many other 'war' stories but it doesnít matter. The point is the
street life is a fun life but not if you plan on being somebody someday.
Iíve seen the streets take hold of many peoples lives and it's always a sad
going to end this essay by giving you some advice. Itís up to you if
you choose to take it. I know exactly what youíre thinking. I
shouldnít be giving advice because I did the same thing. I've learned
a lot from my experiences and from other people whoíve been in my situation.
The first thing you should do is give
your life to God. If you expect to get anywhere in life youíre going
to need Him. I know that this is not as easy as sounds because Iím
still struggling with God from day to day. The second thing you need to know
is get a new crew. This is the hardest part because "Who wants to
ditch all their friends?" However, you can't have a bunch of thugs as
friends and not fall into their activities. Donít get me wrong, I know
that for some people itís possible, but thugs for friends will make your
process of change harder. Try to avoid thug friends until youíre sure
that you wonít fall into their negativity. The last thing is avoid
having spare time. Join some local youth group or even an after school
program. Whatever you do try not to have too much leisure time.
You donít have to take my advice, but realize if your reading this you must
be looking for a change. Donít sell yourself short because life is too
short. Keep it real with yourself and youíll be all right!