I grew up in a broken household.
My dad and mom split when I was pretty young, but they were still active in my life.
I stayed with my dad for the week and went to my mom's place during the weekend.
Then all of a sudden, my mom started missing days picking me up and I wouldn’t hear from her for weeks.
Then altogether I stopped seeing her.
It was hard for me to comprehend at a young age why this happened to me which led me to blame myself.
I know that blaming myself was wrong because it wasn’t my fault but then I started to fall into a depression because I thought I wasn’t good enough.
Over time I started to get comfortable with talking about my situation with my mother and now I know my worth, but it took a lot to get to the point where I am now, and I am not saying I still do not struggle because I still do.
It really took me to get to know my self-worth so that my depression wouldn’t consume me.
So, I knew that I wanted to be better for myself because I didn’t want my enemy to be my inner me.
I want to grow, experience life, get through the challenges I face, and not give up when I hit a rough patch.
I want to live for myself.
-WAF member Angelique (She/Hers), 2022