Everyone has problems, and they all affect us in a different way.
My story is a long one, I must say. It seems like from the day I was brought out of the womb, my life has been nothing less than difficult. As a baby, I was barely ever healthy. My heart stopped beating when I was born, but luckily I fought and stayed alive. I was always sick. My parents fought all the time. My father was abusive, and until I was five years old, my mom and I would get the crap beat out of us. My own father tried killing me many times. Mom and Dad divorced; mom remarried. And when she did, all she did was party and do drugs. I had to take care of my mom while my step-dad was at work, when she was hung over and couldn’t get out of bed. I was only 7 and 8 years old. If it wasn’t for my step-dad, I do not know where I’d be right now.
At the age of 6, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I was in a coma for a month. They told my mom I had 6 hours to live when we arrived at the emergency room. Once again, I pulled through. Since then, I’ve dealt with this life-threatening disease, seen my mother get beat countless times, been through six divorces with her, my mother being in jail, moving in with my grandparents, dealing with my real father moving far away, and the everyday life a child/preteen has to deal with. I can’t say it’s been easy, because it’s been far from it. But, I can say, I’m proud of who I am and where I am in life.
I’m 16, and I’ve lived a 30 year-old’s life. I’ve seen things I shouldn’t have. I’ve picked my mother off the ground (emotionally and physically speaking), and I’ve dealt with my own emotions. Yet, I’m a happy, optimistic person. I can make anyone smile. I can help anyone in any situation, because more than likely I’ve been there. I’ve had my depressed moments and things such as that, but every time I feel down, I look at it this way: “I’m not them. I can fix this. It’s my life, and I will become someone and beat this obstacle.” I wouldn’t change one thing that’s happened during my life. If it wasn’t for all my tragedies, I wouldn’t be who I am or as strong and caring as I am. I want to help and save everyone I can. I want to give back in every way possible.
My life goal is to inspire people through my words and my fashion. That’s right. I want to be a famous, world-renown designer. Every time I felt like I couldn’t do it, I thought about that exact goal and how I needed to prove myself to anyone. I have drive and perseverance. I have faith in no one but myself, and that’s enough for me. I sit back and think how grateful I am to have my grandparents and my friends I have today, because they make my life worthwhile. They hold so much love for me, and I am so lucky to have each and every one of them. I go off and do everyday things that a teenager should. I can say I definitely live my life to the fullest. And, even if you aren’t lucky enough to have friends or family who care for you, Care for YOURSELF. DON’T let anyone bring you down or tell you you can’t. Because, as long as you have faith and confidence in YOURSELF, that’s all you’ll ever need. After all, you’re going to have to look back on your life when you’re on your death bed and answer the question “Am I happy with the life I’ve lived or did I disappoint myself?”
So, when you’re down, read this.
I’m here to help.