Many of you are probably wondering what exactly a “natural high” is. A natural high is an activity, art form, or sport that you love to do that does not involve alcohol and/or drugs. Every single person has one, no exceptions. It can be music, skateboarding, painting, rock climbing, photography, laughing, running…..anything! It is something that makes you feel good inside and makes your life worth living for.
When I first heard of Natural High, I was ecstatic to see that there were other people who shared the same morals and values as me. All throughout my life, it seemed like all my other peers just wanted to smoke and get drunk on the weekends. I knew there was more to life than hangovers and throwing up, and I made it my goal to keep myself away from those deadly substances. I volunteered at the local animal shelter, surrounded myself with good friends with high standards, went to numerous concerts/shows and music festivals, took a music technology class, focused on my school work, helped local bands with promotion, and so much more.
Today, I am proud to say that I have remained 100% drug- and alcohol-free all of my life. I’d be lying if I said the journey was easy. All throughout high school, it was extremely difficult to stand up for my values, especially when two of my closest friends decided to head down the path of drugs and alcohol. But as I have stayed true to my beliefs, I have been blessed with the joy and freedom that comes from staying away from drugs and alcohol. I have seen those who have fallen into the traps of addiction and all they have in their lives now is pain, sorrow, and anguish. If I had been involved in drugs and alcohol, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I would not be where I am today. I would not have had the opportunity to tour on the Vans Warped Tour with Natural High last summer, I would not have the wonderful friends and family I have in my life, I would not be at such a great university, and I would not be in control of my life. I may or may not even be alive. Choosing to stay drug- and alcohol-free has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life, and I am excited to work in organizations like Natural High to help others realize this.
In conclusion, I want to just simply state my natural high and what I live for. My natural high is music…..what’s yours?