When I was sixteen, the entire world as I knew it crumbled before my eyes. I may have been young, but I had so much on my plate. I was dealt some harsh overwhelming realities. After reuniting with my father, I found out that he had full blown AIDS. In addition to that, my stepfather who raised me since the age of nine-years-old was indicted on federal drug charges. On top of all of that, I was still a student, still a kid trying to find my way through life. Although I was going through a lot during that time, I didn’t let anyone outside my home know what was going on with me. I kept all my feelings inside as long as I could. I maintained a 98.65 grade point average on a 100 scale and I regularly attended classes. But one day, I just down in tears outside my classroom. My art teacher listened and comforted me as best she could. I had to let out all of those emotions or else I would have had a breakdown.
During this time I felt like no one could understand my pain or wanted to listen for that matter. But I was wrong. There were people who were there to help me if only I asked for help. Many times we close ourselves off from the world during the times when we need to reach out to others.
My young D.I.V.As, please know that you can reach out to me if you need help. You can always share your “nobody knows” situations with me—right here. Simply email me with your story or blog post you’d like to submit or shoot me an email at [email protected] about a situation you’d like to share. Whatever you share is confidential. If your story or situation will help other readers, I hope you don’t mind sharing.
P.S. Remember, everything has beauty—including YOU. It just takes a true D.I.V.A to see it!
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