Written by Jessica Burke-Trebell, a Foundation ambassador and former young person in care.


To me, life is entirely about the choices you make in conjunction with events and circumstances.

Life has a much deeper meaning than we often perceive. Nature, beauty and the world that exists around us are so divine and so significant, yet frequently overlooked.

Growing up being “different” than my peers contributed to me becoming what many refer to as an “over-thinker”. So, often I reflect on how my life could have been completely different. I am so grateful for how everything turned out yet sometimes so confused as to how it did.

One thing I can conclude is that you shouldn’t be thinking too much in life; you should be feeling and experiencing.

I can only imagine how much “thinking” that many others in care end up doing. Sometimes I find myself getting caught up in my thoughts and problems and I forget about living in the present and experiencing.

I want to remind anyone who reads this that how you live your life is seriously up to you. You can choose to be happy and to let joy in your heart, or you can let your circumstances consume you and your thoughts. I have consciously chosen each day to wake up and to focus on my blessings and to continue on my educational journey, and for that I am extremely grateful.

Read another post by a young person from care here.

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The Children's Aid Foundation of Canada funds programs to help Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, overcome the obstacles in life that prevent them from reaching their full potential. We are committed to giving ongoing support to those who need it most.

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