I believe in straight edge. Straight edge is a pure lifestyle in which you do not associate yourself with any drinking, drugs, promiscuous sex, and or smoking. Straight edge in my life has been a safe haven in a world full of substance abuse that has been increasing at an alarming rate.
Growing up I have been around a lot of drinking and drug use. Being surrounded by these substances I have seen the destruction that it can cause a family. At the age of four my mother had hit the breaking point with my father’s alcoholism and asked him to leave the house and to not return. The day my father left the house was the last time he has ever set his lips on a alcoholic beverage, but that does not mean the pain of separating parents did not exist at a young age. That was not the last of my family being torn by substances. Many people in my extended family have been under the influences of other drugs which has severally changed them into a person that they never intended to be. Also, I see many kids around me harming themselves with substances without knowing there is another way. All of these events have guided me to a life of purity and self preservation.
As I have shared my beliefs with others around my community, people have seeked my assistance in living pure lifestyle. Many troubled teenagers have asked me for a way out of there group of friends who pressure them negatively . What most people don’t know is that you do not need substances to have fun. Living my life without the burdens of drugs and alcohol have made me the happiest I could ever be.
In my past, I experienced with substances in mourning the death of my uncle who had stepped in as a positive male figure in my younger years. My mind had become cloudy and I felt the decrease in productivity. After months of trying to hide the pain with drugs I realized it wasn’t me. I was living a life I was not meant to live. I was trying to feel better about my loss but the only way that I was going to get better was to get better on my own. Soon after the realization of these facts, I had discovered straight edge. Looking back I believe straight edge saved my life. To me, you are not living to the fullest if you waste your time under the influence of mind altering substances.I know that life is short,so while I am granted another heart beat on this lovely Earth I want to try to make a difference and help those whom are victims to the destruction of ruthless substances. This is why I believe so strongly in straight edge.