My life

People see me as a strong happy teen, but deep inside I’m alone. My mom walked out on our family 7 years ago, and we haven’t seen her for 5 of those years. She is always putting me down, saying that I’m never going to go to college and stuff like that. I am not happy, but I am strong. I don’t listen to her and try even harder to prove her wrong. She needs to move on and leave my sister, my brother and me, so we can be successful without her negativity. We will be successful with or without her. All she does is put us down. I cried myself to sleep every night because of her, but I later learned that she’s not worth my tears. I will move on and never look back. I have so many problems, I don’t know what to do anymore, but I’ll work hard and move forward. Failure is not an option!!!

nancy, Michigan