Lessons from the Trash Can

Hey fam! I really appreciate you all for reading this blog, and getting to know more about me..One thing I have learned in my life can be summed up in one word, perseverance. Family today I’m gonna talk about a friend of mine that has demonstrated that word over and over again. So, let’s dive in….

So, the saying that “life is a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get” is definitely true in the life of Antonio T. Smith Jr. I remember for me wanting brothers and sisters and not getting them. But in my case that’s a very small request. For Antonio his upbringing wasn’t a Brady Bunch story. For my millennial who know about when crack cocaine emerged in neighborhoods, and caused so much strife. This affected Antonio’s life.

At the age of six years old, the life of Antonio took a turn. His parents who used crack cocaine they gave up their son. They chose drugs over their son…how would that make you feel??

So, Antonio who now was with his Dad’s Mother, he had to hear the constant verbal attacks on his mother. Antonio decided he wouldn’t deal with that, so he runs away. Then, after getting placed with his Mom’s mother, he was once again subjected to verbal attacks about his father. So, he ran away from that environment as well.

Antonio, found himself in a tough situation but he chose to persevere. He then went to a temporary house, but since he didn’t like rules and regulations he ran away from that.

Antonio spent years on the street, he was molested at a young age by someone he knew and trusted. Being homeless didn’t get easier, but he got “harder”, he got “gangsta “. Antonio was homeless from the ages of 6-15 years old.

It’s important for you to know that even though these turbulent issues happened to Antonio, one thing you will always hear him say is “Everything is perfect”. Everything in his life brought him to where he is today.

So family….on this Miracle Monday have you shown perseverance in your life? Or are you still stuck in your mind?

Published by Queen Reliable Renea

I'm a writer, encourager and a friend. I write about my reality and my growth.

4 thoughts on “Lessons from the Trash Can

  1. Thank you for sharing Antonio’s story. And it’s incredible that he was still able to persevere despite everything that he’d gone through. It’s a great lesson to teach us all to keep going and achieveing even when times are rough.

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