May 23, 2011
This week, we have a story written by Wesley Grossetete, from Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories. Wesley is an adult learner at the Fort Simpson Learning Centre. He wrote the story below for International Adult Learners’ Week – April 2-9, 2011.
A new world opened around me when I turned 19 years old. I talked to many different people, some people knew me, others didn’t know who I was. As I grew older, the world I knew before I was 19 faded away, normal situations I went through seemed more complicated and sophisticated.
The first time I tried alcohol, it tasted like bad water, I heard many different stories about alcohol related situations, by my friends and fellow students. Some stories were serious, others were funny. When I was at a party and my friends were leaving, I jumped off my friend’s deck and sprained my ankle. I was drunk but the only memory I have is pain. Ever since then I taught myself to be more careful, not to do things that can lead to personal injury.
Drinking alcohol seemed fun when I was a minor, until the day came when I was charged with supplying minors. Then it suddenly hit me. Everything I did from now on, will stick with me for the rest of my life. Girls come and go and I found myself dealing with childish situations, saying to myself, “What the hell do I want?” So a new outlook on life is what I’ve been searching for. Going back to school is helping me get to this hard to reach destination.
[This story was taken with permission, from the NWT Literacy Council website, under Adult Learner Stories.]