For what can you be proud?
We have spent the day interviewing eligible candidates for our scholarship. We are incredibly honored to be able to finally put faces to the beautiful stories we’ve been reading. There are some powerful ladies out there (all our applicants happened to be girls this time) with a wide variety of stories of triumph over setbacks. We have spoken to ladies who have suffered from depression, bulimia, alcoholism and bipolar disorder, to name a few. The stories are as diverse as their tellers. But the one characteristic we noticed in each candidate is pride. Pride and accomplishment. Can you imagine being a 16 year old girl with so much anger and depression that the only relief is through cutting? How about a 10 year old whose first experience with alcohol led to blackouts? These young ladies have more history than a 50 year old by the tender age of 18. For that, they are proud. Proud of overcoming the trauma of child abuse and abandonment. They’ve each taken responsibility for their recovery and for that they can be proud. They sought help and grabbed the life raft with both hands. Their journeys were tough, but their futures are bright.
Grab the Rope
So, what have you done in your life to overcome adversity? Have you sought help like these ladies? Have you accepted the help you were offered? The journey to sobriety and mental stability is tough and you might not always be successful the first (or second or third) time. But you can do it! JC Runyon was famous for telling his children and patients, “You’ve gotta put legs on those prayers,” and it’s true. Help is out there, it’s everywhere if you look. But you can’t just wish and pray to get better, you have to get up and pull yourself out of the hole with the tools people offer. So, for what can you be proud? You can be proud that you are on the right path. You can be proud that you will get better and you can be proud that there is a bright future for you. Just take the first step, and grab the rope.
Scholar Spotlight – Rian
Rian had visual hallucinations all his life. Starting at the age of 5, although they were very disturbing, he thought everyone saw them. He never told anyone because he didn’t know it was abnormal. That was until middle school, when his hallucinations began to manifest into debilitating experiences, leading to worrisome self-harming and suicidal behaviors. […]