“My parents went away when I was little. I was a bit of a tomboy and didn’t really know what to do with my emotions, so I got angry. That’s how I dealt with my pain. Even after mum and dad came back, I fought with my sister five days a week it was so embedded in me. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I decided “It’s gotta stop. I have to stop being such a bully”. I went into my room and cried and prayed, “take away all the bad things I’ve ever done, the hurt I’ve caused.” I did that and just loved my sister from that point.
The hate was gone, and love was there. I ain’t no saint, but I could forgive my parents for leaving us and making us be passed around to other people. They apologised. They were just acting out of their own upbringing. We chose to break the cycle. If we can do it, so can others. It’s up to one’s self to determine how their future’s going to turn out. I want that better future for my children. It’s up to us.”