Chapter 2 : Beginnings

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Let me introduce myself, my name is Jackson and I’m 42 years old going on 67, or, at least, that’s how it feels. There is a reason for my advanced aging process, not only do I look older than I am but I also feel older in an emotional sense. I guess it’s because of the life that I’ve led so far. Don’t get me wrong my life has had a lot of success especially when it comes to my professional life. Nevertheless; I have made some terrible choices especially when I was younger. One particularly that stayed with me for over twenty years.

I met Annie when I was 14; we were both in the same classes, and I guess you could say that we were high school sweethearts, the kind of relationship that most people search their entire lives for, and I had it at all at a very young age. Even when we graduated from high school and went on to different universities, we still stayed together and if anything the distance made our relationship grow stronger. After we had graduated, we decided to settle into an apartment, and we both ended up finding good paying jobs almost right away. Annie was working as a dental hygienist, and I joined one of the most popular New York Law firms as a junior partner. It was unbelievable, and it seemed like everything was fitting into place nicely for us. We were making money, we were in love and making plans for our future.


It all started when I was working on this case that my firm was representing, without divulging too much information it involved a top Wall Street exec who had been accused of laundering money and it was my job to get him off of all of the charges. It didn’t matter at all whether I believed that he was guilty or innocent my job was to make sure that he wasn’t convicted of laundering money. As the months unraveled I discovered the truth, he stole 60% of his company’s money, and he spent it all on gambling. I can remember distinctly thinking, what an idiot! How could someone be so reckless and spend all of their money on something as foolish as gambling? I just didn’t understand it, so I figured I would walk into the casino and see what was so alluring about this habit. Now looking back at that moment, it was the worst mistake of my life. I wish I could turn back the clock and opt out of ever walking into that place, but I can’t- all that I can do is try and move on with my life and try to help others, and I hope by writing this that I do just that.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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