“Just a puff”, everyone said and that’s how it all started. Unofficial fresher’s party at college, not wanting to be called out a loser, she gave it a try. She did not like it but everyone was smoking so she figured she’d continue. Slowly, she started getting the hang of it. ‘I had fun but this was the first and last time’ she thought as she returned to the hostel. But what do you know, one party to another and into the time she had progressed from smoking to drinking to drugs. 9 months gone and she is an addict now. Her grades are falling; she has lost the sense of the person she used to be; everyone is concerned about her.
Only if she had the nerve to say no at that first party, you could have seen a different person altogether- bright, smart and sincere. Only if she could get past her fears and insecurities, she would be leading a different path right now.