“I Sent Myself Here 10 Months Ago, and That Was the Best Decision of My Life”

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Hey guys! Alright, so I guess we can just get right into it; I have been here for a very short amount of time—as many of you know—only 10 months. I will say that the last 10 months of my life have been the most challenging and tiring months of my life so far. I have truly overcome a lot of things during my time here, and for that, I am eternally grateful to this place, to my family, to Sarah and Doug, to all of the staff here that are available at all hours of the day, and most of all me for not giving up and continuing to push through all of the BS and doing a beautiful 180 turn, I might say.

When I first got here, I was a serious mess. I never would have believed that I would be standing here in front of all of you and say that I am actually genuinely happy and excited for life. I honestly didn’t think I would make it this far, but here

I am, stronger than ever, and I am so so proud of myself. I can’t believe the work I have done here until I look back (not stare) at how terrible life was before I got here.

Today I am confident in myself, I’m ok sharing my opinions, I have an amazing relationship with ALL of my parents, and I am very good at organization, y’all know about the book. Anyways I have never been more proud of anyone in my life as I am right now. You know I sent myself here 10 months ago, and that was the best decision of my life. I know that there will always be more work to do because you know life has to be difficult or whatever, but I now know that I CAN do it, and tbh I actually want to.

I have met some of the most amazing people and learned a lot about the people I already knew, and I learned A LOT about myself, Things I kind of didn’t want to know, but I’m glad I do because it has given me the tools to work through future things.

Ok, so I know that everyone does shout-outs at these things, so here are mine. Thank you to my mom, Richerton, dad, Sha, Savannah, Rogan, Gary, and Alexa. Now SRA people, Janine, Gina, Emily, Lesa, Alicia, Mary Ann, Angie, and Justin.

Ok, so the biggest thank you goes out to Sarah and Doug. You guys have truly made this place bearable, and Sarah, you sort of saved my life, and Doug, you have helped me learn so much about myself in the last few weeks that I’ve been working with you.

Of course, all of my amazing friends here deserve some recognition, they have also made it bearable at times, and I can’t thank you guys enough for the patience, understanding, and constant support even when I didn’t want it. I love you all so much, and I can’t wait to see where you land after you leave here.

Thank you, Spring Ridge Academy, for saving me and helping me work through so many things, and giving me the tools to go on to the next step of life…

Go Mocs!