As the days went on, the cards kept coming in... one by one they added up until I had over 1,600 cards dispersed throughout my room. The storm had lifted... the night had passed. There was nothing but light and love bouncing off the walls of my transplant room.
I can no longer remember how to do long division, but I remember not to do drugs because, starting in second grade, I was subjected to a relentless anti-drug program called "Here's Looking at You, 2000."
By 2001, D.A.R.E. was deemed by none other than the United States Surgeon General, "an ineffective primary prevention program," and lost 80 percent of its federal funding shortly thereafter. Yet D.A.R.E .has kept going.
Although prescription drugs are harmful, they do have a purpose for people who have a reason to take them. This does not include taking Adderall to study for a test. Too much of anything is bad, even if it comes with a prescription.
Have you ever had an experience like that? Where you wanted to connect with someone, but just could not? Blame, guilt, frustration, shame, shyness are other forms of static that get in the way of communicating clearly, and produce misunderstanding.