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Got it Get it Give it
Excerpt from "Value of Life"
Often I could be found walking or
driving around late at night or early in
the morning desperately searching for
the unknown. One night I was driving
under the influence speeding down
Sunset Blvd in Hollywood California. As I
carelessly flew down the streets running
through red lights, at the corner of
Highland and Odin Street (right across
the street from the Hollywood Bowl), I
ran through a red light and plowed
through a vehicle so hard that I cracked
it in half. My memory of that night
leading up to the accident is only blurry
flashes of dancing, drinking and fighting
and then what felt like only moments
everything is black. I could hear the faint
sounds of sirens and muffled sound of
voices asking “are you okay?”
I don’t know where I am and I struggle
to open my eyes and regain my
awareness. Through the haze in my
eyes I could see my mom and brother
standing beside what I soon relized was
my hospital bed. I can hear the whispers of my dad talking to the policeman in the room.
Moments pass in silence and I hear my dad getting updated from the doctor as they informed him that I had several
hairline fractures, significant facial injuries and they were concerned about the condition of my spine. I was going to be hospitalized for many weeks and not allowed to move much. My blood alcohol level was over two times the legal limit and originally doctors didn't believe I would make it through the night because of the amount in my body. It took a couple of days to get it out of my system.
As I began to hear of the seriousness of
the situation, I quickly became disgusted with myself. I was nauseated to find out that there were other people involved in that accident and that the accident was my fault. Although fortunate that they were not seriously injured, reality hit "I could have killed somebody." The fact that my reckless irresponsibility impacted somebody else’s life and put them at risk
completely broke me. I finally realized
that I had issues. I was trying to escape
my hurt, my loneliness and was searching for acceptance.
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