I was jumped by some guys. My pride was hurt and I wanted revenge.
I grew up in an area where violence was common. As I got older, my friends and I got caught up in it and started carry weapons. I liked the feeling of power that came from carrying a knife.
When I was 16, I got into an argument with a group from my neighbourhood. Some guys got out of a car and confronted me. I refused to back down and was badly beaten.
My pride was hurt and I wanted to take revenge. Me and my friends planned to retaliate with a knife. When I was waiting for one of the attackers to arrive, I began to think about the consequences of what I was about to do.
I realised that if I went through with the attack, I would probably spend my life in prison, or be caught in a cycle of revenge. I decided to walk away.
My decision to call off the attack was a turning point. Afterwards, I stopped carrying knives and hanging out on the streets. I now channel my anger and aggression into mixed martial arts, which has helped me overcome negative emotions and self-doubt. I am training to become an MMA champion.
_#knifefree since 23.06.15