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My Life In My Pocket
3 Keys To A Successful Beginning
1. Keep a clear mind. (Don’t do drugs or drink alcohol.)
2. Treat your body well. (Don’t have sex while in high school.)
3. Get “A”s and “B”s. (Do your best possible academic work and
never settle for “C”s or “D”s.)
Now, for you extremely intelligent, but misguided students who
will
use drugs,
will
have sex, and
won’t
do your best work in school, seriously
THINK about why you do these things.
Why do you choose to do these harmful things?
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If you don’t do harmful things to yourself, write why you choose not
to.
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There is a reason—and I’m sure you thought of it instantly. If you didn’t,
once you start thinking about your life, your life will change.
Why Do Some Kids Use Drugs?
My cousins and neighborhood-friends offered me drugs. I said, “No.” They
said, “What? Do you think you’re too good for us?” I said, “Yes.
This ex-
change occurred a few more times, but I stood fast and in the end I chose
not to drink and not to use drugs. The peer pressure was short-lived so
don’t worry about not fitting in. Your peers will move on quickly from of-
fering drugs if you’re firm and unwavering in saying “No.” I won the re-