by Katherine Secaida
My dad taught me how to yell and get ready to fight at any time.
My mom taught me never to cry.
My sister taught me not to give a f— what people have to say.
My mentor, Dana, taught me to appreciate the good in life.
Mariana Hernandez taught me it’s okay to cry.
Miranda Hughes held my hand and said, “We can get through anything now.”
Linda Duran said, “Love is the strongest drug.”
The police taught me to handle my own business by myself.
Daniel A.M. taught me to let go if I want to be happy.
Dom. A.L. showed me how to look at things differently.
Jose A. Pina taught me things do get better in the end.
Carlos Peterson said don’t get attached to people, just focus on yourself.
Freshman year taught me how easy it is to have different drugs run through my body at once.
Sophomore year taught me how to be sober.
Junior year taught me to look every driver in the eyes before I get in the car.
Early senior year shaped me into a stronger person.
My body taught me how easy it is to get what I want.
My arms taught me how a hug can make someone feel comfortable.
My voice taught people how to relax.
My feet taught me how to keep my balance.
My eyes taught me how to talk to people without saying one single word.
My 8-year-old pictures taught me to gain my happiness again.
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