By Sean Colbert

Life is full of ups and downs. You can have the best time and then be hit with something challenging, and even though we may think we are alone and have no one there for us in that time of need, there is always that one person to reach out to.

I would like to talk about Keisha.

I was at one of the darkest times in my life in 2018. I was at a point where I didn’t think there was anything that could bring me back to this life that I now enjoy living. I was in and out of mental hospitals and was so confused about what I truly wanted. Every chance I got to end it, I reached for. I was at my breaking point.

I was sent to a group home called Ascending Roots. (Ascending Roots is a group home and mental health place owned and run by Keisha).

I learned a lot about myself there and grew to love myself for the first time. Truly get to know what I want to be and who I am. And I have part of that to thank them for. Keisha still to this day is my second mother and loving person that I truly cherish in my life.

Without her, I don’t know where I would be if I would even be here at all. She truly helped me get out of rock bottom and learn to not take myself for granted.

Keisha is truly a wonderful person and does whatever she can to help those kids in need. She believes in mental health and has gone through some tough situations in her own life, understanding the hardships someone else might be facing. She loves to take kids on field trips and show them what life can truly be. To take of themselves, because at the end of the day you are the one in your bed. You’re the one that has to listen to yourself and learn from it.

Keisha is my second mother. I was in ascending Roots from 2017 to 2018 and still to this day have contact with Keisha. She loves all the kids she has taken in and whisked the best for them. She went to my graduation and even my workplace and has done nothing but
encouraged me to live out my dreams.

I love talking to her about life and helping others. Sharing my passions with her and seeing her feedback. She truly is someone who has helped save my life and I appreciate her for everything she has done for me and others.

At the end of the day, we all have people out there that care about us. That wants the best for us. They may not be blood-related and that’s okay. Just knowing that somebody out there cares and loves you.

Gratitude is an amazing thing and can help you in many dark situations. Just remember that life is hard and can be very difficult, but ending it all is not an option of opportunity. Life is precious and everyone deserves to live it to the fullest.

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