This month, I’ve been participating in the Photo a Day June challenge with Chantelle, from Fat Mum Slim. Today’s prompt was Mistake. There’s only one thing that comes to my mind when I hear that word, and I knew there was only one photo I could take.


In November of 2014, I received my second DUI. Yes, you read that correctly. Two DUIs. Yes, I was stupid enough to make the same mistake twice. I’ve always been the type of person who has to learn things the hard way, and unfortunately, the consequences for the first DUI didn’t exactly teach me a lesson. The consequences for the second, however, kicked my ass. Which is apparently how I learn best.

The toughest part about making the same mistake twice is that others go on believing you’ll make it a third time. I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on my mistake, and I know that in my heart it’s not something that is going to happen again. Not only is it incredibly dangerous – seriously, I’m lucky to have just gotten a DUI – but it’s time consuming, expensive, and worst of all, you’re left without a drivers license. When it comes down to it, drinking and driving isn’t worth it. AT ALL. Unfortunately, that was something I had to learn the (incredibly) hard way. I wish people would have more faith in me. Even now, with this interlock device on my ignition, people still ask how I’m getting home from the bar. “You’re not driving home, are you!?” I couldn’t even if I wanted to, but now, I simply don’t want to.

My DUIs are nothing that I’m proud of, but I’ve come to a place in my life where it’s better for me to be open and discuss them. I have little shame left about the whole situation. I hope that by talking so freely about this it may stop someone from making the same mistake.

Through all this, I have made a new best friend… Uber. It only costs about $7 to get home from the bar, and there’s always someone around to drive me back for my car in the morning. 🙂

PS, you can follow me on Instagram to see all my Photo a Day pictures! @ErinMichelleHicks


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  • I’m glad you shared this! Another blogger (My So Called Chaos, I think) had a cousin who was involved in an accident while she was under the influence. I believe her cousin died, and so did some people in the other car. And of course she was doing something illegal and wrong, and it ended tragically, but people on social media were being extremely cruel. Her family was grieving too, they lost their daughter/cousin/sister/etc, and of course felt immense remorse for the other victims as well.

    Anyway, it just shows that we need to practice compassion. I’m proud of you (is it weird to say that so someone you don’t know? ha!) for posting this and for learning from your mistakes!

  • victoria lee (@ohmissengineer)

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s hard to admit mistakes sometimes, but I appreciate you for sharing! I’ve been lucky and have only gotten one speeding ticket, but it sure as hell scared me for next time.

    Victoria W