The last month in the year 2017!
December used to be the sadness month for me because of the holidays and what it represented. For me, it represented not having a family, not having a place to call home, not belonging. Because I rarely get personal and share my story not many people know that I was once homeless at the age of 16 years and since then I've had to provide, protect and support myself. For me, December used to represent the times I would try to commit suicide because of the sadness and hatred I felt towards myself. It represents the envy I felt towards those with a home and a family to call their own.
But, over the years I've learned self love and it's a continuing journey but I've found strength in those hard times and instead of hating this time of the year, I use it as a remembrance that I can help those who are going through what I went through and I can support and be there for many people like myself, the same way others have been there for me.
That's why ITAVFoundation is so important to me because it does take a village and I am forever grateful for the amazing people in my village, always supporting and being a light at the end of the darkest tunnel in my life.
Let's be there for each other this time of the year. Family doesn't mean we have to be related by blood. It's the people who are tied to our souls, the ones we form unbreakable bonds with, the ones that loves us unconditionally, that support and guides us. That's what it means to be a family.