I’m originally from St. Charles. I bounced back and forth between St. Charles and the Boot Heel for seven and a half years. I started couch drifting the first part of high school, when I discovered drugs. I got one taste and that was it.
I came to Springfield when I found out I was pregnant. I was kicked out of the shelter I was in and this was the closest one. The hardest thing about being homeless is finding someplace where I didn't have to constantly keep moving my stuff from one place to the other. Just having to move everything ever so often was killer. Really killer.
My advice to others about how to live life to the fullest would be to keep looking to the future, not always to the past because the past can’t be changed. You can learn from it, but you can’t change it. That’s the most said thing. The past is the past, the future is the future. Go for what you can achieve, not for what you have achieved.
(Story chronicled in 2017)