“I’m a confident person, and I try to carry myself well. So to openly acknowledge my flaws and do something about them was a huge step. In fact I had to hurt many people before I did do this. My pride was the thing that was difficult to overcome. For so many years I tried to do things for everyone else, which wasn’t necessarily healthy for me. I made a series of decisions which ended up hurting others. I felt like I was stuck in quicksand, like I couldn’t get out, couldn’t move. I couldn’t talk my way out of it or disguise it any longer. I had to face the reality that I was broken and I needed help to fix me. I went to a counselor and it was like looking in a mirror. I saw that the boy on the inside needed to be taken care of and not neglected like I had been. I’d always been about other people, but I realised I couldn’t help others if I couldn’t help myself. This was a turning point in my journey.”

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