Staying faithful and believing in my family, friends, and myself keeps me safe and focused on a positive future. I have made mistakes and found myself on the wrong path, but I have been lucky to find people in my life – both family and friends – who have supported me in embracing who I am and have helped me discover who I want to be.
My family keeps me out of harm’s way. Family reminds me what is important in my life: having a job and good relationships, staying in control, and being a part of activities I enjoy. My family encourages me to follow my dreams.
My uncle first introduced me to Bon Jovi, which led me to a passion for music. My favorite song, “It’s My Life,” has lyrics that are very meaningful to me:
“I ain’t gonna be just a face in the crowd. You’re gonna hear my voice when I shout it out loud.”
My uncle taught me how to play catch, make scrambled eggs, and hold a cooking knife properly. He passed away when I was six years old, but his positive influence will last forever.
Friends help guide me through life. My friends have helped me through bad times and have celebrated with me in good times. When I was in a particularly difficult situation, it touched my heart that my friends thought of me, wrote letters, sent care packages, and made me feel special. I know I can always ask friends for help and that I will never be lonely.
I think I am a good listener. I am good at connecting with other people and I am good at making friends. Support from my family and friends has given me the opportunity to feel positively about myself. I find strength in religion, music, and art. I love to explore new foods and ways of cooking, and I am passionate about sharing meals with others. All of these interests make me a stronger person and help me build the relationships I have with my friends and family. I am blessed to have wonderful people in my life who support me and remind me what is important: to love, be loved, and care for one another.