Everybody has a story. Some people hold onto that story and choose to stay in the place their past has made them. I used to be one of those people; my story was sad, and I thought it would always be who I was. You don’t have to know the details and I don’t wish to relive that time. Because my story has changed now and I am not sad; I chose to change, to let go of what was holding me back and move forward to a happier future. It took a long time and was scary, challenging, risky even, but every step we take in life is a risk and if we stay still, nothing happens.
The day I walked into this building was the beginning of something good; I didn’t know it then because I was afraid to have any expectation; as I said, every step is a risk. So I just walked in, said hi and started talking. I don’t think I’ve stopped talking since, and that’s because this is a good place, you can be yourself and you can grow your future. It starts with making one friend, joining a group, then you find you have more friends, and before you know it, you’ve found a new version of yourself.
The people who run this place are passionate about helping you find yourself, getting you out of that solitary, lonely story you’ve been living and supporting you to get to wherever you want to be. They believe in what they do and you can trust that what you come out with will be hope, and that is something more valuable than anything else.
I have become part of this community of good people and it feels really great to be able to say that.
So if you are feeling like you want to change your story but you’re not sure where to start, take a step in the door and just say hi; it may not be easy, but then nothing worth doing ever is.
The word is that there are no guarantees in life but here’s what I say when I think about coming here; it helped me to find my smile, my courage and my strength, and now I always start my story from here.
So come to The Shoebox, find a friend, join a group, and find your smile.