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Wahib Farooqui
October 28 2013
Wahib Farooqui
Wahib Farooqui

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. We asked teens to tell us who inspires them to stay away from illicit drugs. Here’s what one teen said. 

It’s hard to believe that a man I barely know and probably never will could affect me in such a way. Elliott Hulse is a strength coach on YouTube. He lives in Florida and has helped me grow stronger through his passionate videos and speeches. He took steroids at one point in his life, and many years later he is happy as can be. He taught me that throughout our lives, we are constantly reborn.

Elliott always uses his “steroid days” as an analogy for what he tries to convey in the present moment. He says that he first experienced rebirth after he stopped taking steroids. In hindsight, he killed off that character in himself that used enhancing drugs and thus attained a new outlook on life. He became experienced.

Experience is what we come to appreciate and look up to nowadays. Experience conveys to other people that you have been through a particular situation and know how to deal with it. I for one find that when a message comes from a reliable source, I am more likely to follow it.

Elliott Hulse continues to be my role model to this day. His experience allowed him to be reborn and bring new insight into other people’s lives and creates a stepping stool for people so that they don’t have to make the same mistakes. Alexandra K. Trenfor said it best: “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.”

Instead of hammering into me that drugs are bad, my role model brightened a path for me and let me decide what I wanted to find. I’m Wahib Farooqui and I’m proud to say I am and will continue to be drug free.

Wahib Farooqui is an 11th grader at Hidden Valley High School and considers himself a young entrepreneur. “I will live a life that will make you smile, even when I’m done here and long gone.” – Wahib’s Philosophy