Artwork: “Family Tree” by Lisa Delorme Meiler.
I am a proud but troubled kid living in Central
I wonder what life would be like if things played out differently
I hear the names and comments people still say about me
I see life from a place not a lot of people like to admit
I pretend the things I lack or fear don’t bother me
I feel as if my effort doesn’t accomplish anything. In reality, it does.
I touch the hearts and minds of those I care about; either good or bad
I worry sometimes that I might not make it to tomorrow, that today could be my last
I am strong and resilient, but like any other human being, still vulnerable
I understand now that bad, terrible things will come to me. However, I also know that with them will come wisdom and appreciation
I say if you want something, go get it with as much vigor and focus possible. Fuel yourself off of those who oppose your goals.
I dream that someday, I’ll have my own family and we’ll live somewhere without constant fear and struggle
I try my best to work towards bettering myself and showing people they aren’t alone
I hope to be able to muster the strength and courage I need to always push myself and those I love
I am what I once dreamed of becoming
Jordan W. is a grade 10 ELA student from Winnipeg.
See also: “I Am” by Felicia, age 12.