How I Spent My Life For Ten Years Essay

1068 Words Feb 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
Growing up two blocks away from my local community college, it never occurred to me that one day I would attend that college, or any college really. It was expected that I would graduate high school and then immediately get a job. Coming from extreme poverty and parents who had very little formal education that was the best advice they could give me. To them, having a high school was like having a golden ticket. I was told by everyone around me that money and being able to support myself are the only things that matter. So that is how I lived my life for ten years. Bouncing from meaningless job to jobs where I was expendable. I worked two, sometimes three jobs, just to help pay the bills, and days where there was food on the table we considered a success. I was miserable, but as far as I knew this is what it meant to be an adult.
One day I woke up and I was twenty-eight years old and I had nothing to show for it. I was in an emotionally abusive relationship, I owned nothing, and I had just been downsized from a job that had relocated me hundreds of miles away from my family. This was the final straw and it broke me. I had to move back in with my father after being on my own for years. I began thinking that my life had just hit a huge reset button and that I could give up or try again. .
At a point where my life was spinning out of control, my little sister pulled me out of darkness and showed me that I could be more then our parents imagined. Elizabeth was on the verge of…

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