Family is a persons hidden strength

Russell - Colonial heights, Virginia
Entered on May 5, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: family
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Family is the glue that holds a person together and helps one through all different aspects of life. Family means more to me than anything, without family I would not be in college or even alive.

Growing up in a family where every day you watch your parents argue, hit each other, call each other nasty names, really changes your life. We were at my friend’s house for only one day when I received a phone call that made my heart crack into a million of pieces, my brain thinking, and my body trembling. My parents were getting a divorce. While living with my dad I had no rules, no curfew. I did what I wanted, when I wanted, and I did not look back.

If someone said something wrong to me, looked at me wrong, or I just felt a vibe from you wrong. Bam! I punched you that quick. One night my dad and I’s relationship changed forever. I got into a fight with my dad resulting in him having to go the hospital with a broken nose. I was torn up inside I thought about how could I hit my dad, what was wrong with me, how could I be so stupid? Well on the verge of going to jail my dad said he would not press charges.

Continuing to fight now I was involved in using and selling drugs. My senior year of high school I was playing football in P.E. class and I was involved in my final fight in high school. So on June 9, 2007 as I watched my senior class graduate, it hit me hard. As a quarterback I was named first and second team all state for football. Well my football career was over though because my grades were horrible, a GPA of 1.5.

I went to my Uncle David and Aunt Ginger for help. I quickly became a man who wanted to better my life. I would have to graduate from high school first. Colonel Zinser of Massanutten Military Academy looked at me and told me it would be tough but, he would give me a chance. In less than a year I became one of the most respected cadets at our academy. I graduated from school with a 3.9 GPA and a leader of my company. In one year I was the second highest rank in my company. I did it; I got accepted to Old Dominion University. My uncle, who helped restore the values in me that my grandfather founded our family on like integrity, honor, respect, and duty. My family was my backbone without them I probably would have not lived past twenty one. Every day I thank the Lord for my family and my second chance.

Family is what I believe because without them I would be just a lost opportunity, a lost soul, known as nothing but trouble. Family is what I believe in and I have a reason why.