Something Ain’t Right Gemma didn’t have a lot of supervision when she was a teenager. She immigrated her with her parents who stayed very busy trying to learn the ways of US business. They weren’t able to support after-school activities with money or time so Gemma was on her own. So as many bored teenagers tend to do, she found trouble. She started drinking and smoking cigarettes and marijuana. She fell into the wrong crowd and especially one girl who had Gemma over often. Her friend’s parents always had 3 big bags of pot in the closet. So they’d smoke and hang out at the friend’s house. Somewhere in the back of her mind, Gemma knew there was something not right, but she was having a good time, so she overlooked it.
Honing and HonoringOver and over Gemma would get the munchies and want something to eat, but her friend always told her she couldn’t eat at her house. Gemma was at an age that our rebel tends to take-over so even though she knew what they were doing wasn’t right — it didn’t seem to hurt anyone and it was fun. It all came to a huge reality check when her friend showed her why she couldn’t eat at her house. Gemma’s friend went to the kitchen with Gemma to make her three brothers dinner. Among the empty cupboards, there sat one can of stew. One can that her friend would then water down and serve to three while the girls ate nothing.
I got it! A-ha
Is this where my life is headed?That afternoon was quite a wake-up call for Gemma. She realized that if she were to make these habits her life she might be jeopardizing the future life she really wanted to have, not one where her good time was more important that the health and safety of her future children. For sure, there was an immediate shift. She decided she wouldn’t smoke or drink. She wanted to take better care of herself and set some goals. She wanted more than empty cupboards and hungry children. She wanted to be sure she was building a life that she would be proud of.