Life is an unexpected journey that one can never truly understand. No matter how many plans you make, there is always that possibility that things may not work out for you. Yet, regardless of how many things crash around you, giving up should never be an option; however, for so many people giving up is the only option they can see.
Have you ever stopped and thought about why so many people have addictions? Have you ever wondered what drove so many people to just give up on life? Have you ever thought that maybe that person with that addiction could be you? Have you ever just sit and thought without judging people with addictions because maybe what you see is only a fraction of what is really going on beneath the surface.
One thing that life has definitely taught me, is to never judge a person entirely by their current situation because I don’t know what put them in that situation. I don’t know what was going through their minds at the time they decided to give up; all I see is the person that is broken.
A broken person is still a person, a person that has a story. So before you judge a person with an addiction, please take a moment and think because that person is human. Never look at a person less than because of a habit that they have because to some, that is the only way for them not to feel pain.
Understand that over eating is an addiction, just like being an alcoholic because they both fill a void in your heart. Yet, to some, one is more acceptable in society than the other; however, they both can ruin your life. An addiction is an addiction, the only thing different is your drug of choice; therefore, I don’t judge either of them because I don’t know their story. I don’t know how they got from point “a” to point “d”, but I wish I did.
One thing for sure, life is definitely an unexpected journey, and no one truly knows what tomorrow will bring. All we can do is be very careful with the labels that we place on other people because we may someday wear those same labels.
(Lacresha Dowdy is a graduate of Clinton High School, Piedmont Technical College, and Claflin University in Orangeburg. Since December, 2009, she has been the City of Clinton, Municipal Court, clerk of court.)