When I was a senior in high school, during my last semester, I had the brilliant idea of hosting a party while my folks were out of town. It started with myself and some of my track teammates, the distance guys, playing beiruit, and escalated into a lot of people being packed into the house. This was a combination of my selfish desire to somehow increase my popularity, and peer pressure. It got a little crazy, people hooking up everywhere, a lot of alcohol, people puking, just general debauchery, etc. However, no one was hurt, no property was damaged, the cops never showed up, and eventually the party died down and everyone went home. Looking back, it was an incredibly stupid idea, and there was a dangerous amount of alcohol given that there was no parental supervision, and it could have ended VERY badly. All in all, it was considered to be a cool party, and I got some props for it at school. Looking back, I thank my lucky stars that I came out unscathed. I was even able to cover, and my parents never found out. Some of the coolest/most popular seniors and underclassmen made cameos at my party.
However, somehow, the word got back to the distance track coach that I had had a party (it started as a track party), and I was kicked off the team that Monday immediately at practice, and was simply told, "I run a clean team," and that was that. I don't think this was fair seeing as how there really were no tragic repercussions of the party.
So I have been spending a lot of time thinking about this lately. I would have liked to have run my senior track season, but spent second semester senior year moping around and being depressed because I was kicked off the team, drinking too much, etc, and this carried over to college, which was all pretty much a blur (Somehow I graduated). I think about this now because I can't help but feel like maybe if I would have been able to run that season, I would have been happy, and would have gone away to college happy and excelled through college and grad school, and had a job by now at age 25, instead of my current situation.
I don't know, just food for thought.