All the Children’s Commissioner’s work is driven by what children told us is important to them
In life you will face many barriers but look at these as life lessons and also blessings, for these are what will drive you onto the right path. Don’t get me wrong it will be hard, there will be times where you feel unloved, unwanted and like a burden. You’ll feel as though the whole world is against you and you can’t rust anyone, even the people who are supposed to care for you and keep you safe. People will walk in and out of your life as though it’s a revolving door, and after a while it doesn’t faze you, it becomes the norm. You will lose people you thought would be around forever, and at first you will be angry at the world and also them, for choosing drugs over you. But then you’ll realise it wasn’t really a choice, it was their escape from reality and the pain inside their heart. And now they’re finally at peace, and in a place they can finally be happy.
There will be times where you think you can’t carry on anymore, and just want everything to be over. At a time during your life this will consume you, you will make a plan and think it’s the only way out, but you’ll find a ray of light in the darkness that surrounds you. The hurt and the pain will slowly start to dim, and you will begin to live life again at your own pace.
You will meet people along life’s path that will show you there are good people in this world, and not everyone is the same. You’ll take fears, habits and insecurities from your childhood into your adult life, but that’s okay because it’s what makes you, you.
Be strong, be courageous and don’t let anyone dampen your sparkle.
All my love
About the author
This letter was written by a care leaver.