Saturday, January 7, 2012

Jakadrien Turner Is Worthy Of Admiration And My Plans Are All Messed Up

You might be wondering who Jakadrien Turner is. Well, a year and a half ago a Dallas teenager decided to run away from home. At the time her grandfather had just died, her parents were divorcing, and she couldn't handle all the stress. After running away from home her grandmother eventually reported her as missing. No one could find her, so the grandmother did a search of her own. That search, for some odd reason, involved using the internet to figure out her granddaughter's whereabouts. The internet usage eventually worked. The grandmother located the missing teen in Columbia. The Columbian government was then notified of the American who was illegally in their country and she is currently detained there. That girl is Jakadrien Turner. However, this is not the whole story.

When Jakadrien ran away she was upset and determined to get far away. Somehow she did manage to get to Houston, which is approximately four hours away from Dallas. Once in Houston she was arrested for trying to steal items. When the police asked her name, she gave them the name of a 22 year old illegal immigrant from Columbia. The immigrant had an arrest warrant, so Jakadrien was detained until she could be deported to Columbia. She waited for months until finally arriving in a country where she didn't even speak the language. During this whole time Jakadrien was only 14 years old. Once there she was given a work visa and somehow gained internet access. During this time she successfully became a maid, somehow ended up in a coma, met the (supposed) love of her life, got a little homesick, money hungry, and eventually at the age of 15 pregnant. 

After discovering that she was accidentally deported Columbia eventually detained her, but as of January 6, 2012 Jakadrien is back in the United States with family. Although, this deportation was clearly no accident. This girl was a run away who succeeded in running to a new country and starting a brand new life. 

In the words of one of my friends "Either she's incredibly smart or incredibly dumb." However, whether she was crazy for going to Columbia by herself doesn't matter. Whether the United States messed up by deporting the wrong person doesn't matter either. What matters is that Jakadrien Turner did something many people, including me are still struggling with. She made plans to leave home and she went through with it.

Jakadrien was a runaway who didn't want to be home any longer. Somehow this girl got all the way from Dallas to Houston. Then somehow she managed to use an illegal immigrants name after getting in trouble with the cops. How did she pick a Columbian person's name? I actually used google to see if there's a list of illegal immigrant online cause she had to be incredibly lucky to make the name up. Then to top her plan of running away from home off, Jakadrien allows the United States to deport her to Columbia. She ran away to another country. 

However, at 25 years old with a college degree I'm stuck in my parent's house  trying to figure out the next move. Then again I have a million plans to accomplish my goals. They just involve getting up and going just like Jakadrien did. However, the older you get the more money starts to matter and the more people tell you that your main priorities are to pay bills and not be happy. Jakadrien was clearly not worried about bills or lack of money when she left the comfort zone of family members to go to a foreign country. So, clearly my mindset and plans are all messed up. It's time to reevaluate. 

Whoever thought that a 15 year old could force you to reevaluate your life. 

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