I WAS HOMELESS Age 15-17. Legit slept on the FLOOR of gutted apartments in NY.
I will always appreciate the old man on the first floor who would buzz me into the building.
The Spanish/Mexican carpenters who would come to the apartments to finish renovation and gently wake me. They NEVER called the police or told the landlord and for that I'm grateful. They would sometimes leave toiletries for me and always made sure to keep the water running so I could at least wash at the sink (the tub and shower were gutted). They NEVER harmed me and despite our language barriers I think they knew I was safer there then outside.
FOR YEARS, I would avoid driving down this block. I HATED the memories of being so cold, alone and hungry sleeping on those hardwood floors knowing that I would have to awake early the next morning, stay in the streets all day and return super late night so I could sneak into the gutted apartments again.
I remember laying on the floor of that place and wondering would it ever end. Hoping that I just didn't wake up the next day. Although depressed and suicidal, I NEVER self medicated. Something in me told me to FIGHT BACK and believe I would make it out. Day in and day out I fought to believe. I set goals. One step at a time. I silenced those who wanted nothing or less of me than I wanted for myself. Foster child from Harlem....nah no way she'll make it they said.
I just drove past that building in an FDNY ambulance as a Paramedic...a career in EMS that I've had for nearly a DECADE...as a mother with a healthy child who's my spitting image and loves me unconditionally....and as an Entrepreneur with a successful business...with the keys to BOTH of my places hanging from my hip on a key ring...100K+ income...and pulled up and parked my ambulance besides the parking lot where the car that I own sits....HAPPY!
THEY WERE WRONG! DO NOT QUIT! #neverquit#litandresponsible#businesswoman#entrepreneur#careerwoman#mother#motivation#entrepreneurship#business#livelife#lifeisgood#bgki#blackgirlmagic#blackwomen