As every teenager does, I had ego, a whole book of lies and a self centered personality. I use to fight, lie, argue etc, with my father and over the time of 2-3 years I didn’t realized that I build a huge wall between us and destroyed our father-son relationship. I was completely a bad-ass boy, with all those fake friends and fame. I used to party every single day till 4-5 AM, go home drunk and fight with my father over my lifestyle. I used to think what I had was cool, that every single night club of my city knew me very well. I thought that is what life was and I used to feel this "top of the world feeling"; I realize now that it was over nothing but fake things.
At the beginning of 2017, I had a really big fight with my friends and a breakup of a relationship that had lasted four years. I was all destroyed and in pieces as any other teenage kid. After spending a month in depression, one of my school senior told me about LMAD and it’s principles. I took it as a joke and as I was searching for a break from life I went to LMAD for the first time. The journey of 8 days can only be shared in feelings and not by words. I still don’t know what truck me on family day (6th day) and changed my life in positive way. I cried in front of almost 300 people for more than 2 hours continuously and the most important part is that 5 days before then, I didn't know anyone present there. Despie that, the way they supported me that day, they felt like family and are very close to my heart.
The things I learned in LMAD was no more a joke to me and the learnings of LMAD brought real change in my life. It took me another 6 months to rebuild my relations with my father and family. I got new friends and this time, real ones. Now my father is my real best friend and getting his support I can surely conquer the whole world out there.
It is just not about the 8 days you spend at LMAD, but when you apply the teachings of 8 days in your day to day life, that is when the magic happens. I still have a lot of bad things in me, I still couldn’t quit smoking, but I’m trying, I’m learning, I’m applying the LMAD values and my journey has just begun.