They say, “Confession is good for the soul.” I must confess, as a teenager I had a bad attitude, no respect for others, and committed several crimes.
I was 16 years old and wanted to get some alcohol, so I decided to steal it. I told my brother about the plan and he agreed to join me.
We found a house in the country and checked to make sure no one was home. It was an old house, so picking the lock was rather easy. We went inside, searched for alcohol, and found several packs of beer. We put the beer in my truck and then we left the scene of the crime.
At the time, I did not think it was a big deal. I only stole some beer. I didn’t steal anything of value.
As the years have gone by, I have matured and become a better person. I no longer commit such criminal acts and I understand how devastating that crime really was to the victims.
I may not have taken anything of monetary value from those people, but I did take something from them that was extremely valuable. I violated their privacy and stole their sense of security.
I wish there was a way to make amends for my actions. I wish I could apologize to that family. Its been 26 years and I still feel guilty for my behavior.
I can not change my past, but I can change my future. I am determined to be a better person. I am also determined to have a positive impact on this world.
Please don’t judge me to harshly, for I am not the same person I was then.