I am troubled youth. I have been sent away from my house. I have been kicked out of my middle school boarding school. I have been too two rehabilitation programs. I have cried. I have run away. I have hated. I have lived in misery and self doubt. I have contemplated suicide. If you were to ask me today if I could change just one think about my life I wouldn’t be able to answer you. There is not one thing about my past that I would want to change. I thank my mistakes for paving the way for a new beginning and allowing me to develop as a person. With every person I met or every environment I encountered whether negative or positive has influenced me as a person and led to who I am today. My mistakes are beautiful; they define me.