I’ve known and have been a part of YouthHope for years. I come regularly, I use the resources all the time, and I consider the people at YouthHope to be my family.
My own family abandoned me early on in my life. I only have rare contact with my sister, but even that relationship is rocky.
I was doing good. I was in school, working, and living in a decent place. I thought that I had everything figured out.
But then I had a bad weekend. I ended up back in old habits, with old friends, and substances.
I knew that what I was doing wasn’t good, but I couldn't stop. My anxiety and depression were coming back and I just wanted to escape reality for a bit.
The next day when I was hungover and even more depressed and suicidal, I came to YouthHope.
I wasn't scared to tell Heidi what had happened and I knew that she would help. I guess that’s what happens when you are loved unconditionally. I knew that they would still love me even when I made such a huge mistake.
I came in crying and asking for help because I didn't trust myself.
Heidi got me immediate medical help and also help with my substance abuse.
I’m on my way to a rehab where I will work on healing myself. I want to get back to the healthy version of me so I can continue to succeed.
I know that I will eventually get through this, but I also know there are always second chances at YouthHope.
Thank you for loving me YouthHope, even the hard and broken parts.
Thomas Edison invented so many things in his latter years. He worked in a small barn with his son, trying to perfect his latest invention. Working as usual late, an unfortunate combination of chemicals caused his latest experiment to burst into flames.
The fire spread quickly through the old wooden structure, becoming a towering inferno. Edison’s son ran around the flaming structure looking for his father, fearing that he may still be in the barn trying to save his precious life’s work. He soon found his father covered in ash and without taking his eyes off the flames, Edison said, “Son, go get your mother!” “Why dad?” His son replied. With a twinkle in his eyes his father replied, “Because your mother comes from a small town and she’s never seen a fire like his before!”
After the flames had died down, and all that was left was a pile of ash, Edison asked his son if he knew anyone with a tractor. Again his son asked why, and Edison replied, “Because it’s time to rebuild son, it’s time to rebuild!”
Your attitude is more important than you realize! It’s the most important thing about you– more important than your education, your past, your looks, or your money. Your attitude will help you make friends or cause you to make enemies, it will attract people to you, or repel them. I am absolutely convinced of the truth behind the maxim “10 Percent of your life is what happens to you, the other 90 percent is how you respond to what happens to you!” That’s where character is built. That’s where personality is formed. That’s where your attitude is expressed. Make yours a great attitude!