About 1.6 million people are in prison in the United States. Of those, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 million have been foster kids at some point in their lives. Learning these facts changed how I saw my own story.
How did I make it when all these other people did not? How did I beat the odds? I know that, from a very young age, I thought about escaping. The only way I ever saw people get out of the areas we lived in was through work, and getting a better job meant going to college. I’m not smarter than anyone else. I’m clearly not luckier. But, without even knowing, I made a decision to be different than my mother. I set my sights on that goal, moving forward no matter the result. Regardless of the obstacle, I found a way to survive. I was not going to allow anything to break me. It was me against the world. I’ll show them what a success I can be by not following in her footsteps. For me, rebellion was doing everything I could possibly do to keep from becoming like my mother.
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