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by Ash
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Believe in something you have never believed in, it makes a change.
Last year I acted stupid, it’s not exactly a secret, i made terrible mistakes and i stopped talking to everyone after a while,I remember it clearly. My grades went down, I ignored everyone and what they had to say. No one could do anything to fix the way I felt or what I did, the only way to fix what happened was Time. I tried so hard to be perfect but then once I realized that would never happen I quit trying and let everyone do what they wanted. I let my siblings tell me what to do and it resulted in me running away and even suicide attempts, which now I look back and I realize how dangerous it really was.

I know for a fact that people in the world have it worse than i do, I wish i could help them, I would if i was in charge, i would do anything in my power to help anyone in need, it’s like what Martin Luther King Jr. said “I Have A Dream” Except my dream is to be able to change this world for the better. King did what he could and even if he would have known ahead of time that he would have gotten killed because of what he believed, I believe he still would have done it, knowing it would have a good impact in the future-world. I’m not saying I’m like Martin Luther King Jr. I'm saying he taught me a lesson. A valuable lesson.

A lesson no one else could come up with.

He even taught me how to speak my feelings in front of everyone, he gave me confidence to stand up to my biggest fears, on veterans day of this year, with Martin Luther King Jr. I was able to say

“Welcome to Pioneer Ridge Middle School, thank you for coming.

My name is Tracy Younce, I’m here today to do more than say thank you to our veterans.
Just real quick I would like for these veterans to know they are really good role models for everyone, including me. All of you have inspired me to fight for others that are suffering and for what I believe in. I don’t know what it’s like to be in your shoes. I could never be as brave as someone like you. I can’t imagine what it is like to serve, having a family that you may not get to see as often as you would like, I don’t know what it’s like to have a family that misses you, a family that is proud of you and a family that loves you deeply. You as veterans represent strength in our country.

As a child born into a harsh family, I know what it’s like to be put down or broken inside but I also know that once I went into foster care and from there went to another family, I now know what it’s like to be near people that use to be in the military or that are in the military, my step-dad was in the military. My uncle and aunt are currently stationed down in Florida this year. I haven't seen them in a while and that is hard. I know they are sacrificing for our country and I am very thankful for that.

Still, I could never imagine what it’s like to be in your shoes. I can’t imagine what your thoughts were or how you felt, I can’t imagine what you have seen or what you have heard. I can only imagine that your job comes with sacrifices. But I know one thing, to me the most important thing to say is I'm thankful to all of you that help our country become better.”

It’s the speech I wanted everyone to hear, something to encourage them as King encouraged me.

Everyone knows I was the one to say those words, yeah it took a lot of gut to say this but I did it knowing it was for the veterans, to make them feel like someone understood them without actually being in their shoes.

These veterans may not know this but just being there, listening to everything I had to say on that day, encouraged me greatly to become a fighter myself. Saying this at a young age is crazy but I believe one day I will be in the military, or army. In college I plan to do the National Guard. It’s one of my dreams, a good one that will help our country with sacrifices. When I'm older I want to write about all my experiences and what it is like to be in my shoes.

This year has been so much better than last year.

And it's all because i have made a change in my life...

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