Shape Your Future

CHAPTER I

‘BAD’ EXPERIENCES OFTEN BRING FREEDOM AND OPEN THE DOOR TO A BETTER FUTURE

It is not the goal but the journey that shapes us into who we are. Life is like Michelangelo sparing no time or effort to deliver the precise strokes, some soft and some very hard, turning each of us into a unique masterpiece. Look inside yourself and see your own greatness because all you need lies within you.

It was April, late at night. Bright light shone on the frail body of a teenager, reflecting on her long blond hair that covered her face. Covered in bruises and shaking from the cold and despair, she sat on a hospital chair waiting patiently for the doctor to come. Her eardrum was perforated by the blow she had received to the head, causing nystagmus and partial deafness, but the X-ray fortunately showed no signs of fracture. She was forced out of her home and had nowhere to go…her A levels were only two days away.

‘She is cheap, stupid, and she has no future…she is not good enough for you…’

The words of her boyfriend’s mother, a devoted Catholic who prayed to God daily and attended a mass every Sunday, pierced her heart like a sharp knife.

Her little body and heart were destroyed, and she had no more tears left to cry. Many things had happened in her life, but today was the final straw. She was tired of being in pain…she had had enough, and she wanted her life to be over…

At least for a moment…

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