In the dramatic monologue Badge, JASON talks about why he quit the police force.
JASON: It changes you. I was on for six years before I realized I was a completely different person. I became distant. I abandoned my family, the my friends I grew up with. I became a cop 24-7. That’s no way to live. I felt this pressure building up in my chest every single day. Getting worse and worse and then one day I couldn’t breathe. I fell down to one knee and I couldn’t catch my breath for the life of me. I panicked. My partner rushed me into emergency.
It was a freaking panic attack. That’s when it all hit me in the face. I asked myself if the job doesn’t kill me in the street, I’m gonna kill me from stress. So, either way I was headed for a breakdown and I couldn’t allow it. I just couldn’t do it no more…
The day I turned in my badge, was such a great day. I walked out of the building feeling like a new person. I felt like the future was ahead of me once again. I took up my hobby as my profession. Now, I have my own home based business and I couldn’t be happier. My friends and family are back in my life full swing and I’m forever grateful I made the decision.
This is what living is all about.