Bitterness, anger, frustration, hopelessness, isolated, trapped, shattered dreams, and lost are words to describe that first year. I felt like I was wandering through the woods without a map and a broken compass and there was no where to go. I wanted to give up right there.
I had no idea what was in store for me. Now, nearly 3 years later, everyone of those feelings are gone. The struggles led me to find out my strengths. I now have a vision, a positive mindset, a dream that I’ll push towards every day. I want to be selfless and a teacher and a guide to help others realize what they have.
I am only alive once and already died one time, which is a constant reminder that our life is a ticking clock and how easily it could end. This new vision started as a dream and quickly it is coming true because I am pushing myself to beat that clock before it stops ticking.
From the bottom I rose and I’m never going back. Tears have not been shed since 2011. I like to look in the mirror and smile and see myself smiling back knowing that it’s genuine. I’m humble because I know what it’s like to be at the bottom and feel like you have nothing. I now seek those people out that are at the bottom to try and give them something to smile about and instill hope.
I can’t wait to see what I have in store for me this next year. I recently did an interview with (614) Magazine. I was interviewed for a total of four hours and my mom was interviewed for 45 minutes, and my dad for a half hour. On Sunday I have a photo shoot where they will actually be using a crane to shoot down from. There is a great chance that this could make the cover.
The magazine is distributed all over Columbus to businesses, hospitals, salons, and different types of stores all over Columbus. This is an incredible opportunity to get my story out there. This will push me to write more and to work harder to spread my message. This is one of the best opportunities I’ve had in my life. It will be in the December issue.
I have so much to smile about and so much to be thankful for. The interview helped me reflect back to everything that I’ve been through. I’m thankful for the mindset that I have today and that I made it through the tough times and I’ll never go back. A tragedy can make you realize what is truly important in life. This is my life and I am in control. I would not trade places with anyone else.