What I’ve Lost

by Aine

I’ve lost too much on the streets that I cannot even comprehend. Many of my friends have gone on a different path in life and I wish I went with them. I’ve lost over half of my friends and gained new ones that have only dragged me down since.

This is the first and last time I’ll be locked up. Dedicating this much time to the system is not the way of life. You’re locked up in this facility when you can honestly be anywhere else in the world. That thought haunts me every second of every day in here.

I probably have spent over $20,000 on drugs. Imagine what all that money could have been potentially used for.

I’ve lost all respect from my family and I’m slowly earning it back by doing good and improving myself while being in here. There’s been a few times when my family was visiting from out of state and I was just too high and ashamed of myself to come face to face with them.

Being in juvie has given me time to sit back and think about what I’m doing with my life and where I’m headed. When I get out I just want to be at home for

a change with my mom. You’ve of course probably heard this before, but actually think about it. You don’t realize what you have until it is gone.