Compiled by: Jack Foley
Initially, I wanted to tell my story because the opportunity
presented itself and I was told that I could not do it, meaning
that I did not have the aptitude to write.
It reminded me of how I was always told as a child that I was
worthless and that I would never accomplish anything in life -
words that still haunt me.
I became determined to write my story, simply because I was told
that I couldnt. Then, I discovered that it was cathartic
and cleansing for me to write about my life. I felt free, free
from what felt like secrets
free from the responsibility
of such unhealthy shame.
Having my story told gives me faith and encouragement and reminds
me that there are good and unselfish people in the world; people
who would help an absolute stranger by giving him the tools to
pull himself up, giving him the chance to benefit society. Despite
the unfortunate circumstances of my life, there is hope.
How peculiar and blue that those words, you aint
nothing. You aint never gonna be nothing, cause
you came from nothing, made for a fervent fuel that gave
me the strength and the courage to persevere.
But there is more to it than that. At the age of 17, when I was
homeless, all I had were my thoughts and the comfort of pretending
that my situation would improve.
I would think to myself, something good is about to happen.
I learned to convince myself of seemingly impossible things.
Sometimes they would work out, sometimes they wouldnt,
but I remained optimistic long before I knew the meaning of the
It was that optimism, coupled with my fear of failure, that allowed
me to hang in there for the nine years it took to bring this film
When I saw the film for the first time, I was overwhelmed by
a mixture of feelings: fear, joy, pride and satisfaction - all
of which still linger, and I am certain they will for the rest
of my life.
I hope others, too, walk away with those same feelings and the
courage to do something to better the lives of children in general.
I hope that after seeing the movie and reading my memoir that
people will see that every child has value and boundless potential
and that even if all one has to give is an encouraging word as
a genuine gesture of care
that gift alone can save a childs
life and give hope for the future.