Confession: As a teenager and young adult, I did many things that I’m not proud of. I was fourteen when first I imbibed. I became pregnant at sixteen; I trust I don’t have to explain the logistics to you. I would like to tell you that my firstborn served as a wake-up call and that I got my act together the moment she was born. It wouldn’t be the truth, though. A number of years would pass before I began living my best life.
As a young girl making those mistakes, I knew that what I was doing was wrong. I knew because I grew up in a society in which those types of behaviors were clearly frowned upon. I grew up in a society in which the line between right and wrong wasn’t all that fuzzy. I’m not trying to say that everybody did the right thing. They–we–didn’t. But there wasn’t a constant media presence that condoned behaviors that are completely devoid of morals.
My, how times have changed.
I happened to hear a snippet of Ryan Seacrest’s radio show the other day. What I heard saddened me. You can read the rest of my story in my weekly online column…