It has been one of those times in life this last week where you get a life's sucker punch and it knocks the wind right from your lungs. All you can do it hold on for the ride.
I have two things in this life I do truly hate in this world, abuse and illegal drugs. These are things that I, no matter how hard I try, cannot accept for any reason. I know that everyone has free will and everyone makes their own choices, however, neither of these two things should be an option for anyone.
I learned early how to 'fake it till you make it' because that's what you do when you are abused. You learn to plaster a stupid smile on your face and pretend you are fine even when you feel like the world is closing in on you. By my teenage years I had effectively learned to turn to writing to vent out my inner turmoil.
Yes, when I was young I also did some stupid things such as smoked pot, took speeders, and yes, even drank. But what I am seeing today in our society is something so much more than what we did as young people to rebel against our society. Today, its all but deadly. This is what I want to talk about in this blog.
A good many families have someone or know someone in their family that uses heroine or meth. These two drugs are on the rise, are extremely deadly, and are taking our young people from us one by one.
Someone told me yesterday, oh I'm not a nark, if kids are stupid enough to stick a needle in their arm then they deserve what happens to them. Well, with that attitude we will lose more of our children to this epidemic, yes, epidemic.
This isn't just happening to kids who come from the wrong side of the tracks, it is happening to all our kids. In the last few years I've personally lost two young cousins to this nonsense and know of at least one nephew and several friends of mine's children, who are using. Each day is a day that I could get the word that one or all of them have succumbed to this senseless death.
Putting our heads in the sand is not the answer. I am also mature enough to know, you cannot make someone stop something unless they want to stop. However, there has to be something we can do as a society to stop this madness and save our children. It's not like its just some fad that will pass and these kids will go on to live normal productive lives. This epidemic hurts everyone. The families these young people leave behind suffer the greatest. Learning to live without their once vibrant child.
There isn't a town in this country that has not been hit by this. Back in the day these were drugs only found in large cities, away from the small towns and quiet life people. Today, they are everywhere, attacking every family in some way.
What is the answer? I have no idea. My brain has wrapped around this very thought all weekend and into this week, seeing as we recenly lost another young person in our family to this senseless mess. How do we keep good kids from getting into bad things? It makes no sense to me, and hopefully by writing this I will be able to bring some solutions to light.
What makes kids play russian rullette with their lives? The sense of adventure? Go climb a mountain, take a journey somewhere you've never been, there are a million ways in this life to find thrills, without taking a risk for something like lethal drugs.
I am not the type of person who just sits still and says nothing. Never have been since becoming an adult. What the answer to this problem is I still have no idea though. Turning in the dealers, is a given. Stricter laws for these dealers once caught, that's a given for certain. A friend of mine and I are working on this aspect. Yet, one thing that haunts me is if death is a deterant, then stiffer penalties won't be either.
So, how do we stop this? Some of these children are loved beyond all means, not just children who feel they have no hope for the future. Some of these kids dying today are kids who've up to this point have made good lives for themselves. So how do we protect them? Or better yet, how do we help them protect themselves?
The typical answers are not enough in this case. Love your children more, listen to them, make them feel important, ect. In this case, no one is immune to this possiblity. Every day a young person dies to this epidemic. Leaving behind a family to grieve and wonder what could have been different. Or asking the ever so prominent question, why???
I've lost one granddaughter to abuse, and now two cousins to this heroine nonsense. All who have lost their chance at a future. All who will never grow old. Who will never have children of their own. Who have left families behind to ask why and grieve their loss for the rest of their lives.
So when I say I hate these two aspects of this world, I say this with full conviction. I've seen the aftermath, I've experienced the aftermath and realities both of these things cause. My heart breaks for the suffering these two crimes bring upon famlies.
Hopefully one day I will have some answers, but for today, I will keep thinking on this, hoping to find some solutions.
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!