NSPM Writing Submission - Angelica K.

Submitted by Angelica K.

"There was a dark period in my life and during this period I could not imagine myself going to high school, let alone graduating. I didn't think I could make it. And a lot of the time, I didn't want to.

I remember coming home the first day of freshman year, sitting on my bed, and crying. I knew I had a long way to go, but in that moment, I had made it.

If the past few years have taught me anything, it's that the highs and lows of life are going to make you mercilessly doubt yourself, sometimes to the point of questioning your own existence. But you have to keep pushing through it. You have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. You have to keep telling yourself that you'll make it one more day, because that day becomes a week, and then a month, and then a year - and before you know it, you're handed your diploma.

My point in writing this is to tell you to keep going. There is a reason to, even if you can't see it yet. I've met so many incredible people and experienced so many unforgettable memories since the year I chose recovery. I've had so many amazing relationships, opportunities, and moments that I will remember for the rest of my life.

I am happy.

Life is going to get dark. There are things that are going to hurt. There are things that are going to seem unsurvivable.

But you are able to survive them.
You are going to make it.

Keep fighting."

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