Getting a DUI hurts. But if you are one of the lucky ones, like myself, who did not harm anyone else despite your actions, all is perhaps not lost.
Look, getting a DUI isn’t the worst “mistake” of your life — a mistake is when you step on someone’s glasses accidentally. Rather, a DUI is perhaps the worst result of your irresponsible actions that you’ve ever encountered. A DUI case is the government’s attempt at retribution and rehabilitation. You will, and I continue to, pay for this decision. There are court fees, lawyer fees, fines, insurance costs, lost salary because of missed days, and the list goes on. There are also non-monetary repressions because of the criminal record: the shame, guilt, remorse, lowered self-esteem, etc.
But, hopefully life goes on. There is silver lining. Hopefully you are rehabilitated due to this experience. Just last week, I was worried sick about being able to travel to see my girlfriend after her surgery. She lives several hours away. My license is currently suspended. But thank heavens there is a train — for the first time since moving to the United States, I took advantage of the railway system. It got me to her and back safely. It also gave me time to think about life ahead.
As much as life going forward may be difficult, remember that you are a lucky one — you are still here; and hopefully, you didn’t hurt anyone along the way. You have a chance at making something of yourself. Life goals and aspirations aren’t all lost.
Let’s get better, together.
PS: 2 weeks and not a single drink of alcohol. I am a bit proud of myself.