I recently got charged for under age consumption, and operating while intoxicated (OWI). Although it hasn’t been long since the arrest, I feel it has affected me personally, my family, and my friends. It changed how I act and what I do. Not only did I get in trouble, but I let my family members down. I was always told not to drive and when I got in trouble it changed how I thought about the situation. Knowing that I could have killed someone is devastating, and a risk that should not have been taken. Because of my actions, I am on probation and am not allowed to even be around alcohol of any kind, for a year. Also, my drivers license got suspended for a total of 90 days. During this time it has affected everyone. I am stuck at home and cannot visit friends, and my family has to drive me places. It sucks being known as a guy who has to ride his bike to get to work.
On the other hand, I feel that I got lucky. I like to look at it in a way that it is helping me. Rather than drinking alcohol, I choose to do other activities that are better for my body and mind. I think straighter and my concentration lasts longer. While alcohol can be fun, it slowly makes you a different person, and because of my OWI I have learned that it isn’t all about partying and that at times you have to take things seriously and take responsibility for your actions.