i read this and felt it in my SOUL.
i haven’t always had the easiest life and wasn’t dealt the best hand but i refused to give up. i used it as motivation to fuel myself to work towards a life I wanted. i moved out on my own when i was 16 and busted my ass to get by. taking cold showers when i couldn’t afford gas for heat cause i was making $6.25 an hour and working full time while in high school. i was the first in my family to go to college. walked to work everyday and home every night because i didn’t have a car. i didn’t have a support system or a close family or parents to lean on and ask for help. i realized if you want something in life you have to GO FOR IT and NEVER SETTLE for anything less. dreams don’t work unless you do. i haven’t had a perfect path in life and sometimes my life feels so messy but there are times i look back at the whole picture and i can actually feel proud of myself for how far i have come. moving to portland has also changed and elevated my life. some people tell me i am lucky but this ISN’T luck. it took a lot to get to where i am today and it wasn’t always fun. but i wouldn’t trade anything for all the triumphs, tears, and experiences i have had. each one has taught me a valuable lesson and helped me grow into the person i am today. don’t sit there waiting and wishing you’re life away. if there is a life you want, it’s yours to take. no one is gonna hand you happiness but yourself. fuck fate, i choose my own DESTINY. .