1. Your message to kids today that you wish you knew back then what you currently know now. Be specific.
I now know as an adult what adults try with some success to teach our youths – to abstain from underage drinking and to make responsible decisions when of legal drinking age. No one ever likes to hear “I told you so!” after a decision that we made. It’s my hope that the youths learn from my mistakes and don’t need to experience them on their own.
2. How did you learn your lesson or what was your lesson? Did you get hurt, did you upset someone, did you get scared?
I learned my lesson through as the result of a near fatal decision I made under the influence of alcohol my senior year of college. A decision that nearly ended my life and affected my family forever. No one is invincible, not even a 21 year old in the prime of his life. I hurt myself, my family and I scared everyone I care about.
3. What you would have done differently back then if you could turn back time.
If I could go back and redo my life as a 21 year old I would without any hesitation. If I could go back and not make a silly decision to impress a few lower class-men my life would be a heck-uva lot better than it is today but I don’t deserve to complain because I got lucky!
4. Do you convey this message to children in your life today?
I do convey the message of responsible decision-making to students audiences ranging in size from 25 to 3,500 at a time …
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