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Fell Short of Expectations
by Dan Schwartz
I wanted to live in the land of bad decisions. In order to live in the land of bad decisions, you have to make some bad decisions.
When I was a kid, my mom told me that I was a straight A student, that I was a good person, that I was going to have a good life. So I decided that she was wrong.
I did badly in school, and eventually dropped out of high school. I stole, lied, cheated. I made sure that whenever I needed to do the right thing, I always did the opposite.
I got into hard drugs almost immediately. I ran away from home and started living on the street, in a different town, a different state. I made very few friends and got into very many fights. I tried going to rehab, but I knew that that would be too helpful for me.
And I made sure my family knew what I was doing. They needed to see that I was not going to take care of myself. That I was going to fail at everything I tried to do, and that it was my decision to do so. I think they eventually did realize that I would never live up to whatever they had thought I would.
I feel fine. It's a decision that I live with, and that I think matters to me. In any case I think that I feel better than I would otherwise. All I want is for you not to remember me.