From the time I was an adolescent I worried that my life wouldn’t mean anything.
I grew up in a family that was mean, toxic, cruel and negative.
I didn’t share my dreams because ambition and education were threats to the adults and they would crush me with negative comments.
I decided as a young person I would not accept my life to be the way my family wanted.
So, I broke the cycle.
I am the only person in my family to ever graduate from college. I have healthy children, a home, a good life and even though it has taken 48 years to get here, I will never stop growing, learning and I hope through these my life will have a bigger meaning.
I may not have been homeless, but I lived for years with no hope.
I may not have lived on state funded services, but I lived for years with no trust in systems, no trust in the “parents” in my life.
I know what it feels like to be cripplingly depressed, to question wether I wanted to keep living, Ive been alone, afraid and without support and love. I work with people in poverty every day and I see them struggle with these basic life situations.
Poverty is not necessary, poverty is a man made concept and we do have the resources to solve it.
We just have to care enough to get the money going in the right direction.
We have to hit rock bottom and realize we are only as good/strong as our weakest link and our impoverished communities can help our communities rise up. They just need the support and help....which is what I do everyday.
It’s what people in my life helped me do.
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