Ms. Fox is a former teacher of mine and her entry truly shows her personality and how passionate she is. She is not one to beat around the bush and that’s what everyone loves about her; she speaks her mind and sets an example by her actions as well as words. Underage drinking is not a typical passion but that’s what is great about this project, seeing all sides of every issue.
My Passion is: Underage Drinking
If I had a super power it would be…the ability to talk anyone under the age of 21 into NOT drinking alcohol. Sure, being invisible or having the ability to transport anywhere would be amazing; but there’s just something special about seeing a student make smart choices. Yes, I’m aware that would make me the least popular super hero out there. But alas, I am not super woman. And even more unfortunate, I am against something that the United States has made culturally acceptable and totally the norm.
I will never get used to seeing young kids make bad decisions and justify those decisions with a simple statement: “I was drunk”. What good comes from drinking? Go ahead and think about it……was your answer: IT’S SOOO FUN or IT’S NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL? Of course my favorite is: I know my limits and can handle it. That about covers the answers I usually hear.
What about the repercussions of drinking? There are lots of those:
1. Congratulations, you need a substance to assist you in having fun.
2. Alcohol leads to foggy brain and your thought process is completely clouded.
3. Hangovers…enough said. That’s not a trophy to be proud of.
4. Underage drinking is a leading contributor to death from injuries, which are the main cause of death for people under age 21.
5. Both guys and gals make decisions they would never have normally.
6. How many sober fights have you really seen?
7. Drinking alcohol causes bad breathe and weight gain. Gross.
8. Underage alcohol use increases the risk of academic failure, illicit drug use, and tobacco use. Your parents would be so proud.
9. A young person’s brain and body are still growing. Drinking alcohol can cause learning problems or lead to adult alcoholism.
10. People who begin drinking by age 15 are five times more likely to abuse or become dependant on alcohol than those who begin drinking after age 20.
You want to be a leader? Then I recommend starting with abiding by the law whether you agree or disagree. I’ll never lose this passion because I know students have the power within them to lead others down a better path. Underage drinking has become a right of passage phenomenon that parents are accepting of and kids believe is cool. I wish we would quit glorifying drinking. I have such a passion to see students make bright choices and realize they don’t need alcohol in their lives. And I assure you…I have seen this leadership in SO many of my students. I have a huge smile on my face as I think of them right now. You know who you are and I am so proud of you.
Please remember: alcohol can lead to poor decisions, accidents of all kinds, memory loss, pictures you won’t want to live in infamy, regret, popularity of the wrong kind and actions you can’t take back. But there is good news…YOU CAN SAY NO and avoid it all. And if you need me to help…I’ll be here, no matter what, I promise.
If you can’t figure out your purpose,
figure out your passion.
For your passion will lead you right
into your purpose.
This next post is different in that is makes you think. It takes the social norm of what it means to be a man and challenges it. Kevin is a remarkable person and his post should urge you to question what you think about your duty as a man or woman whether or not you believe in God.
Ellicott City, Maryland