My parents divorced right around the time I started elementary school.

My mom committed suicide right after I graduated from college.

I didn’t come from a thriving or growing area.

I’ve struggled with anxiety, depression, disordered eating, and probably a laundry list of other things.

I’ve had it hard in ways.

I’ve been broken.

I’m not playing the victim.

Life is hard.

We all have it hard in ways.

I get angry, bitter, and frustrated at times.

But I try to use everything that has happened for good.

I try to channel all of the pain I’ve felt into something constructive and positive.

That’s a choice we can make.

We can do good with it.

Or we can do harm.

Choose to do good.

I try to be a good person.

I try to do good.

I try be friendly and kind to people.

I try to make people feel better.

I don’t want to see anybody hurting, struggling, and suffering.

I don’t want anybody to feel pain.

Just because I’ve felt pain doesn’t mean others have to.

I want the opposite of all of the bad things I’ve felt for you.