Khalid’s Corner: Life is the Best Thing You’ve Got

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Words of wisdom from community leader, Khalid Elahi

It takes a matter of seconds to get in trouble and years to get out of it. I used to put my life in harm’s way countless times, expecting nothing to happen to me. I was lucky. I thought I was weak if I didn’t carry a gun. I thought that if I didn’t use power, dominance and control, then I didn’t know who I was. I was so wrong. I looked around and 90 percent of my close friends were in the ground at Rolling Hills, or in prison. That’s why today I give healthy advice, because I know what it’s like to live in an unhealthy way. There is nothing wrong with pulling the plug on the streets. You are the commanding officer of you and life is the best thing you’ve got. It is your responsibility to lead yourself.

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