BC: I started skating in contests again and got back on the right trackI had won 2 contests already, and I was getting all of my sponsors back. My parents were very happy and supportive the whole way through, I couldn't have done any of it without their help. I learned through this experience that even when things seem bad and hopeless, there is always a glimpse of hope and if you work hard for what you really want, it will eventually all work out. 10 months later, I turned pro for Element Skateboards. Through everything, it all worked out.
FC: He Lost Everything | By: Pierce Lambert Ms.Guerrero 1A | He Lost Everything
1: Alright, this is my last chance to win two hundred grand, I can't blow it. "'And as Rob Hines rolls up for his final trick of the contest, ohhhh my gosh, what just happened..' "'Rob? Can you hear me..?' That was the first thing I awoke up to. 'Where am I? What happened? Why are all these cords connected to me?' 'Rob, you broke your back at the skate contest, remember?' I just laid my head back and fell asleep. I knew this was going to be a long journey.
2: Currently I was living out in California with a few of my friends. I had just gotten out of the Los Angeles hospital, where I had been for 2 weeks. The doctors told me I wouldn't be able to walk for a couple months. Just great! Plus, I was only a junior and I didn't finish school. So I ended up flying back to Dallas with my parents until my back was healed. My parents were pretty mad about this whole situation. The first few weeks living with my parents were pretty weird, i mean; coming from partying every night to this.
3: After about a month and a half had gone by, I was slowly starting to walk again. So, I decided instead of sitting around all day I would try to go get a job. But with not having finished high school, it wasn't easy. I tried for a couple weeks, but no one wanted to hire me. I was getting frustrated. All I did was skate, I didn't know what to do with myself. I was getting angry and depressed, and my back felt like it wouldn't heal. All I wanted to do was skate. I was getting annoyed living with my parent's again, all of their dumb little rules. I wished I was back out in Cali, skating all day everyday.
4: All I had been doing all day was sitting in my bedroom doing nothing. I started hanging out with all my high school friends again, which of course meant more partying. I was supposed to be resting my back, but doing nothing for almost 2 months, the boredom was killing me. We'd go out every night and end up crashing back at my parent's house. I hadn't skated in almost 3 months, that was killing me, so I was going out and partying to get my mind off of it. Which was working. I started back doing all of my old habits. I was smoking more, which wasn't good.
5: I started experimenting with different drugs. I knew it couldn't have been good for my health, but in the situation I was in I would do anything to see a glimpse of happiness. A few weeks later my parents had an intervention with me, saying I have been going downhill since the accident happened. They told me to stop drinking and stop doing drugs because they said I was addicted, but I kept denying it since I didn't know I was addicted to both. I was falling lower and lower each day.
6: I came home from hanging out with my friends one day, and I walked in the door and my parents were sitting at the table. Uh oh I thought to myself. I knew this could only mean one thing, and they were kicking me out. I had no idea what to do with myself, I was broke, addicted to drugs and alcohol, I knew I had to make one choice, the right choice. I was going to go to rehab.
7: The day before I decided to go to rehab I was still on drugs, and I was completely broke. I needed money to buy the drugs before I would go to rehab. My friend and I decided to go rob a Walgreen's, we needed money that bad. That plan didn't work out at all. We got arrested. When we got to the station, I saw my mom and dad looking at me with tears running down their eyes. They looked really disappointed in me. Since it was my first offense, I just ended up getting community service.
8: My parents wouldn't let me move back in with them, so I went to rehab. It had been 5 months since the accident, and so much happened. Through all of that, I didn't even realize my back was good enough to skate again. I had got caught up with all the alcohol and drugs. I decided to get clean and get my act back together. I thought about it and I'm only 16. So much has happened. I started rolling around on my board and realized how much i had missed it. Just cruising for 10 minutes i had made my mind up, I would never touch drugs or alcohol again.
9: I moved back in with my parents. I was skating everyday again like the good old days. Everything was starting to come back together; everything felt right and in place. Me and my parent's talked out everything, I told them how sorry I was. They forgave me and they were thankful I was getting back on the right track. And to be honest, so was I. All the drinking and doing of drugs, it just wasn't me.