“I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.” Walt Whitman

I’m really grateful that I was born in Cordova, there are so many benefits, but with those benefits there are a fair share of problems as well. I have always been a really loud and outgoing person. So there are consequences for that; as a kid around 6th grade I started heading in the wrong direction. I began to get in trouble from time to time, and being a kid from Cordova I started to gain a reputation. One that I did not understand I had, because as a kid I believed that I was supposed to make mistakes and learn from them, and that it was normal. But it wasn’t that simple, because as soon as I was labeled that was that; so everything I did from then on somehow was viewed as negative. I began to have identity problems I didn’t know really where I fit in because I hated being a “bad kid” and everything I did good or bad, people looked at me differently. Yet I didn’t let it stop me, It took a lot of time and I had to take things step by step but I was slowly able to change some people’s views. I mean I do a lot of things for a lot of people and in Cordova it goes unnoticed because of my reputation, but this quote really touches me because I can relate. What really pushed me through it was that I knew who I really was, even when everyone else had their own ideas. So this quote “I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.” really means a lot, because no matter how “bad” you may be, you can be good if you want to. So I am grateful to find this quote because it reminds me to continue to push through adversity and continue to be myself.

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