“I have always been a people person, the first to speak and the first to introduce myself. You never know how you can change a person’s life by showing compassion and concern. I see all types of people and some are steps away from killing themselves. They say ‘I know there is a God, but if someone speaks to me, if someone is kind to me, I won’t hurt myself. I won’t kill myself.’ Kindness can change an idea about a day or a life. It seems like there is no hope and when I see someone who is having a bad day, I ask them for a hug. If they don’t need a hug, I say I need it. Can I have a hug please? Sometimes I see them again and they say that hug was what they needed when they were going through a difficult time. I only give out what I want someone to give me or someone else. My mama may need a hug.
Since I was a kid, I could read people. I don’t know how it works, but my supervisor says I am empowered. I don’t know where the assertiveness comes from, but there is a solution for every problem. I am always trying to meet the need. I can’t control it and my heart won’t let me overstep it, even if I have to put myself on the back burner. We all fall down, have to take a rest, and then get back up, but if I can’t be positive, I can’t be anything. I have to be the best me I can be.”