DEAR CHRISTINE: Paying for stupid choices
DEAR CHRISTINE, I HAVE BEEN LIVING in Miami for almost 16 years and, sad to say, I have not made anything of myself so far.
I have made a lot of stupid decisions that are now causing me much misery. The worst mistake I made was dropping out of college a few years ago. Since then I have faced living in the shelters not once, but twice.
The first time I lived in the system for two years. Because of my lack of education I was only able to obtain a low-wage job that enabled me to rent a room. But then things got slow on the job and I became unemployed, thus causing me to lose my room and so I am back in the shelter system after being out for one year.
Christine, this is very heartbreaking for me to deal with. Everywhere I turn to find a better job, I have no luck and my family refuses to help me because of the stupid choices that I’ve made.
I have returned to school but it’s challenging for me to live in the shelter and do that at the same time.
I don’t know what else to do. I just wish I could turn back the hands of time to correct every mistake that is causing me so much pain.
Please, please, don’t let the past destroy the future. Though you might not believe me, I do feel that you are on the way up by recognising the cause of the failure of the past and are now pursuing the wherewithal towards a better future.
Please don’t give up. Mistakes can be corrected once you recognise them and this you have done.
I pray you will persevere and so enjoy the life you long for.