Posted on | October 2, 2011 | No Comments
“HEY FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAPPY FRIDAY TO YOU ALL. I’ll be out of contact with you all till December. I’m going to spend a little time at club fed. People don’t drink and drive. I pray and thank God I didn’t hurt anyone. 90 days is a blessing. I deserve a whole lot more. Thank God for the woman I love to stand next to me through this. You can put me away for a lifetime but you will never take her from my heart. I love you bug and thanks. You’re my angel.”
I don’t know my Facebook friend very well. Let’s call him Art for blogging purposes. It does sound like Art feels very bad about his drinking and maybe he has finally learned his lesson. Sometimes in life it takes a slap in the face like spending time in jail for some of us to finally get it through out thick skulls.
I was in Art’s shoes many years ago. I don’t think there are too many alcoholics out there that haven’t been pulled over for drinking and driving. I know that I am very lucky that all I was pulled over for was DUI, it could have been much worse. I’m lucky I didn’t run somebody over, crash into another car or kill somebody. The thing is that I didn’t have a good excuse, I was just drunk. Being an alcoholic wasn’t an excuse. Not having a ride wasn’t an excuse. There is NO excuse to what Art, myself and hundreds of other people do every day. The consequences can be life altering.
I don’t know my Facebook friend very well. Let’s call him Art for blogging purposes. It does sound like Art feels very bad about his drinking and maybe he has finally learned his lesson. Sometimes in life it takes a slap in the face like spending time in jail for some of us to finally get it through out thick skulls. For some, it takes time in a rehabilitation program. Thankfully, there are many online resources to help with that.
I do thank Art for allowing me to post this here. I hope you stay safe for the next few months. I’m glad your wife’s standing by you but I sure wouldn’t push my luck with that. There are many places that can get you help but the key is that you have to want to get help. Good luck Art.
We all make mistakes every single day. We are human and we are expected to make mistakes. We are also expected to have common sense, to be responsible, to not put innocent people in jeopardy and to not take the lives of others. Drinking and driving is serious and it affects more than just two people. There are the families of the victims, the families of the person that gets convicted and all of the people around them are affected by one selfish decision. Drinking and driving is a selfish act that doesn’t have to happen. Let’s think before we take the life of someone innocent tonight.
Don’t forget, you’re not alone!