It’s OK not being OK

By Daniela  |   From : Guatamala  |   School : Shelby County Public Schools

My name is Daniela Garcia I’m 16 years old I’m from Guatemala and I’m living in Memphis right now and I want to inspire people with my story,

My story began when my parents met, they made me come to the world and then too many things happened to me. I started feeling restless and I thought that my life wasn’t good.  Too many people told me to give up.  I started feeling like nothing could change.  I wanted to end everything but I decided to change my life,  start over and try to be the person that I want to be. .. Sometimes we have chapters in our lives that change us. But they don’t define who we are . Sometimes I know it’s hard but I think I can do it. 

I decided that I didn’t want to take it anymore and  I needed a change. So I started changing many things. I started telling my story. My story was a horrible movie if I could say so… a bad story. But, it started to become a beautiful story when I started to express myself. There are moments that are bad and others that are good. I am on my way to become a better person. And I think the words that I can say to you is that “it’s okay to not be okay”  but you gotta understand that when you’re going through that difficult moment you can not stay there too long because that’s gonna affect you. I hope y’all understand my words.  

If you want to change your life you should start by telling your story and don’t be afraid because your story matters too.  Keep in mind that your story matters. Maybe your story is horrible but you can change it and make it come out to be a beautiful story that shows the changes in your life.  Sometimes, people told me that my story didn’t matter, that I should give up. That’s not true. You don’t know me, I don’t know you but  know that my heart wants to take all this trash that I got in there. Take it out to be a better person. I can tell with my own skin and my words who I am. If I can do it, everyone can do it too.   I want tell y’all and invite y’all to tell your story,  Your story matters like mine —  If you are tired of being silenced, I want to invite y’all to come and step up a bit more —  I want to tell y’all to come and tell your story. Your story matters no matter what other people say.  My story didn’t matter before because that’s what people made me think, but i’m telling you today your story matters so come one step up!

 I know sometimes it’s hard because life is not easy, but it is up to you. If you want to make your life better you gotta start stepping up,  say “my life matters”, say “everything that I do matters” and I wanna start a new beginning with people and make friends and make my family matter too. Let’s start doing good things and start building a beautiful story —  Your story was bad but you can start making it better and better everyday.  You need to start being that good person that you always dreamed to be and it’s not late to start over you got every single day to start over. I know it’s hard and bad sometimes but if you see the sun again it’s a new day to start over and do the things you didn’t do yesterday.

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