Any one who knows me knows I’ve pretty much been drug free my whole life aside from a handful of times. And in those handful of times i would usually abuse alcohol after a deep loss suffered in life. I would use alcohol as a tool for escapism instead of facing my problems head on, and facing the harsh reality of the way things were, I ran from it choosing to douse the pain through inebriation. I looked as this as cowardice, and something about it didn’t sit right with me. I always knew about straight edge kids growing up listening to hardcore and punk, and I respected their pride but didn’t really like being labeled. But I know now after claiming edge it’s the label that keeps you loyal. When times get tough I’m still tempted to drink, but the promise sustains my strength, cause without the promise I’d be “drugfree” like I was my whole life until the chips were down. I got this piece yesterday when I realized it was my fourth year of being drugfree and my third year being edge. And I can honestly say, I’ve matured so much from dealing with the hardships that life throws at me opposed to running to the bottle and having my judgment clouded. I can honestly say ill never look back.