Shame to Fame

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: True Confessions  |  House: Booksie Classic
My first essay in college about my life story. sumed up of course.

Submitted: August 27, 2012

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Submitted: August 27, 2012



Shame to Fame


If you would take a minute out of your day to listen to my story, I promise you won’t have to sit back and ask yourself “why am I even wasting my time?”  My life story and how I got where I am is interesting enough to keep you involved for hours, trust me, it took me a life time.


First, I would like to tell you where I first messed up in life, “please don’t judge me until the end of the story”, it will get better I promise!!! I was about seven or eight, living in Detroit, and started hanging with the “cool kids”. Little did I know at the time, they weren’t so cool! Anyways, at a young age I was involved in breaking into houses, stealing, cheating, drugs, and pretty much whatever my friends and I could come up with that would keep us busy. I never went to school and didn’t want to listen to what my parents had to say.

Well, at around the age of 14, my trouble making finally caught up with me. I experienced firsthand what it was like to lose your freedom. Let me tell you, “It wasn’t fun by any means.” I was sent to a program that was full of misfits just like me. I wasn’t able to do anything that I wanted to do, not to mention, the food was everything but good. It was a long nine months of learning why I shouldn’t break the law. After all that, I thought I was done with my old ways. I was going to start following the rules just like I knew I should. Didn’t happen, violated my probation just after 3 weeks of getting out and back to jail I went. This time I was sent to a short four to six month program and being the person that I was, I ran from that program three times only to get me back in the court room.

The Judge wasn’t so nice this time around. They made my parents sign custody of me over to the state. Being only 15 at that time meant I could be locked up until I turned 21 or until I completed the 18 to 24 month program. Now that I’m older and can finally admit it, I was what you would call a fake. I played like I learned my lesson just so the right people would notice and let me back out into the free world. Another one of those dummy mistakes of mine, but it worked and they let me out.

Now I’m almost 17 years old, with more life lessons than any one person my age should have ever put their self through. I moved from Detroit, my parents hoping that it was the best move for me at the time. Here I am, 17 years old, in a state with no bad ties and a fresh start. Most people would take advantage of that after going through the things that I’ve gone through. Nope, not me, I went and found myself the wrong crowd in the wrong place. I guess it’s a talent I have. Needless to say, I got back into doing drugs, stealing, you know, all that “cool kid” stuff. This time I was an adult, so like the life story I have already started for myself, I got myself into too much trouble by the time I turned 19. This time I went to a place I know now changed my life forever. They call this place Prison, the Joint, the Big House, not “home sweet home!” I know that first hand, believe me.  

Here is where I tell you how Prison gave me a new goal in life and made me who I am today. While I was in Oklahoma State Prison and had already been locked up for a year or so,  seeing things that most people only see on T.V.,  not really believing I’m seeing it myself, I met a man named Tim. We became real good buddies to the point that I could see we both really wanted to change our lives around. We both served our time without any issues so the state was able to release us, as deserved. I ended up serving two years and nine months to the day. The same week I was released, my buddy Tim introduced me to a woman named Jennifer. The woman, who now is my lovely and awesome wife, had a six week old baby girl and a six year old daughter. Since I have never really been around kids, there was something about this woman’s children that caught me off guard. I finally realized there is something in life I can do that might make a difference in the world. They made what use to be my weaknesses, into my strengths, my “can’t do’s” into my “will do’s”, what I like to say, “The day I woke up”.

I don’t want to bore you with all the details about how I learned what most people learn when they’re ten, like how you should live a fulfilled life and follow the rules because it pays out in the long run, but I think I finally found out what my goals in life were. I actually found out, I can’t stress that enough, but I actually found my meaning in life. It was to provide for the three little girls I now have. Make sure they are always well taken care of, love them unconditionally, be there when they need me the most, and to just be a good father to them. On top of that, take care of my wife like she was a golden egg. At least that’s what I like to think.

To sum this up, I would like to thank you for listening to my story. My whole point is, no matter what you’ve been through, you can always change your goals in life. You can make what use to be your weaknesses into what now, is your strengths. Look at me; I went from a convicted felon whose life proved to be pointless, to going to college and taking care of my wife and three kids. There’s my shame to fame. That’s how I would like people to remember me as, how about you?



By Tristan Jourdan

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