What I learned from these 53 days has been more valuable than the few pounds I lost. First, I learned it's very important to pay attention to each day. Everyday there will be something to distract me.
There is no doubt the freedoms I enjoyed as a child are no longer around. If a parent let their child do today what I could do back then, he or she would be brought before Social Services. It was not just my parents, but every parent in my neighborhood was the same way.
Throughout my life I've had some powerful encounters with the Lord that had far-reaching effects. I've never forgotten those moments. When I was a university student, I planned to enter the military after graduation.
I remember when I was young, life was fairly simple, and when I would listen to my mom and dad talk to each other, it was mostly about paying bills and the all little things that kept everything going. We would watch the Huntley-Brinkley report, but I don't recall my parents discussing politics that much.