August 21, 2018

My name is Andre Minors and I celebrated my 53rd birthday in September of this year. I spent most of my younger years and predominantly my 20s in the streets. This, I must add, had nothing to do with my family life because, truth be told, I grew up in a very close-knit family. We grew up doing what most families in those days did as a unit-camping, holiday picnics, etc.-where the extended family, aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents and all, were at every outing...


Even though I found myself growing up in the street I really never got into a lot of trouble with the law, nor was I in and out of prison during those times. However, I did live what can be term as "riotous" life style. I started smoking colly (Marijuana) at the age of 11. Which now in retrospect I can see that was actually the beginning of, what I would call, " robbery of life". I have come to realize every choice we make will have an affect on our lives in one way or another. To one degree to another. I believe had I not got involved with certain behaviors, certain groups of people I would have not wasted as much time. I Certainly would have utilized my time more productively. The one thing I agree with, and I know many others would differ on this point, is that to get involved in smoking Marijuana or any other drug for that matter robs one of the normal or natural, ambition he or she would normally have. It Robs one of the drive to push oneself, to exceed.


But in contrast what it does is allow one to half step. To except mediocrity, thus in later years one can find themselves meeting up into the wall of regret. So I found myself hanging out with people I thought was cool. Hanging in places I thought was cool. Sometimes into all hours of the morning or maybe not even making it home of a night. I found myself in fights. Fights with guys in the places we would go. Fights with police, over and over again. And truth be told, it really didn't matter. I really didn't care. Because this is the mind set that develops in you when one chooses to live this kind of life. Besides it was fun. I was doing what I wanted to do. I was living my life. Wrong!!! There is nothing that anyone does that does not affect someone else in someway. So to do whatever one wants to do is not only selfish. It's inconsiderate and dangerous. Anyway, as a result of my actions I inevitably done time,went to prison.




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