Teen Smoking

Choice and Consequence

Bakti Adlan.

'Choice' is a word I've used quite a lot recently. I thought it only be fitting to give a commentary on the other side of the equation; the opposite end of the spectrum from choice....naturally that entity is consequence.

  • "My actions, decisions and choices effect more than just me. For anyone who has invested time and effort in my upbringing and maturity, they too shall rejoice...or be as it may, suffer alongside me."
    My dear friends, I had to learn that lesson the hard way. You see nicotine wouldn't be the first addiction that I've had to kick. But being in a place of solid mind and heart, I feel I can share this with you now. "Reckless abandon"...is an awful condition amongst youth. I'm sure you've all been through those stages. Cigarettes are one form of how that's expressed. "Rebellion." In other words..."I'm young and I can do whatever I want at any given time!"

    I was 16 when that mentality first struck (when I first picked up smoking). Three years later it nearly cost me my first degree in university. The good part of my second year was spent up in smoke...the byproduct of substances to which some were legal and others not so. I wasted away. Instead of committing myself to becoming the best person I could be; grounding my feet in a solid education and growing up, I wasted my time chasing the folly of youth.


    A dark chapter in my life but here's the silver lining. I took a year out of university, went back home, sobered up, resat my exams, gained entry in to my final year and graduated in 2004 with second class honors.

    The quote I mentioned above...that's my own. It was the one thought I kept saying to myself during that year of recovery; the single ideal I held close to my heart that got me through a lot of pain and anguish.
    Believe me when I say, there was a lot of that.

    "My actions, decisions and choices effect more than just me." Say it...repeat it...believe it.

    Now with a fresh start in 2006. A whole new place and once again pursuing another degree at university...completely free from all addiction (except this forum), I have many reasons to be grateful. But I wanted to share that one thought with you. And for those of you that have children in those 'tender' years...please share my story with them. I LOST a considerable part of my youth to addiction. Time I'll never get back. Wise up, own up....and understand responsibility. The quicker that lesson is learned, the happier their days will be.

    Times are changing. The world is a much different place. It seems the 'reckless abandon' of youth is starting considerably younger. I've seen kids who looked no more than 8 years old smoking! A lot has to be done by way of education. real truths and real experiences.

    Granted...there are lessons in life that just have to be learned first-hand.
    But I pray someone out there...some kid can side-step this hurdle. Children ought to be busy with one thing in mind...being kids. Smoking...peer-pressure....in-crowd. Tell it to them now. It's just not worth pursuing! Should they pick it up...understand that it sets a cycle of events in motion that cannot be stopped! I'm not saying cigarettes lead to use of hard drugs, but a person's mentality and sense of logic, reckless abandon, can consume and destroy if they're not careful.

    Once again...for good measure.
    • "My actions, decisions and choices effect more than just me. For anyone who has invested time and effort in my upbringing and maturity, they too shall rejoice...or be as it may, suffer alongside me."

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