Turning Point Essay

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The Turning Point As I reflect on my life I can precisely identify the point where my life turned around. I was a young man growing up in downtown Toronto. My family wasn't very wealthy. We didn't have many luxuries. I remember how much I idealized my older brother; he was like my role model. I used to look up to him as if he was God. He always seemed to have nice things, even though we had very little money. I remember when I first found out where he was getting all his things.I left my house one morning to go play basketball at the local high school. When I got there I saw my brother with a group of people I had never seen before. He saw me and called me over. I slowly walked over to them with my basketball in hand. He asked, "how you doin' today Jimmy?" "Just going to play a little basketball" I replied. "Hey guys, this is my little brother Jimmy" he told his friends. "Hey, you mind if we play with you?" He asked. "No, that would be cool", I replied. We played basketball for near an hour before Frankie my brother's friend said, "hey it's about time to do that thing now". "Alright lets get going", my brother replied, before asking me "hey Jimmy you want to come along?" "Yes", I eagerly replied, excited to find out what they are going to do.We walked over to a store I had walked by many times. My brother told me to wait outside and to yell if any police come by or if I heard sirens. They couldn't have been inside for three minutes when they came bursting out of the door and yelled "run". We ran back to the school as fast as I had ever run. When we got there my brother and his friends pulled giant wads of cash out of their pockets. They started to divide it up between them and my brother handed me a twenty-dollar bill and said, "this is your cut". I looked at him inquisitively. He saw the look on my face and said, "now you're one of us". "You're part of the crew". He then pulled something out of his pocket that looked...

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