‘I’m a survivor. I’m not gon’ give up.” -Survivor Destiny’s Child
I am a gay man who chooses to let that label fade to the back. Ny chosen label is Survivor and it’s one that I wear proudly.
I used to be homeless but I’m not anymore. That was a scary five months. I’m not sure how I did it but I survived and got through.
My story starts with an ailing grandmother. I went to Los Angeles to help care for her. It should have been my fresh start. It wasn’t. I couldn’t get along with my dad. It wasn’t working and I left.
I came to Atlanta because it was what I knew. I grew up here. It was the comfort I craved especially after all hell broke loose in LA.
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, they did.
I was diagnosed with “IT”. I’ll let you use your imagination on what IT is but you’re probably right. I was young and in the prime of my life. Immediately, this news shattered me. I thought my life was over.
Somehow, I managed to put myself back together. I got a job and figured out how to improvise at life.
Survivors don’t quit.
I’ve experienced a minor setback so I’m looking for work again. That’s not going to stop me from accomplishing my dreams.
I want to go to school for interior design. My ultimate goal is to work for an interior design firm.
By this time next year, I will be back in school, working towards that goal. I also will be surviving whatever life throws at me.
I’m good at that.
To the next person in my situation, I want to let you know that you can be a survivor like me.