Being born to two teenage parents and growing up on a council estate people often believe they can predict how your life will turn out.
I remember being 9 years old and having an adult telling me I would grow up to be pregnant at 16 and be an uneducated single mother.
Well I guess I proved that bully wrong!
For as long as I can remember I wanted to make something of my life I wanted to be someone, someone who made some sort of difference.
For a while that meant being the next Britney Spears, being a lawyer and then the Prime Minister of the UK (if Donald Trump can do it I know there is still hope for me)
I was lucky I had great encouragement from Family, school and friends, keeping me going and teaching me alot about life.
Nothing rarely goes to plan. I have changed my mind too many times to count and made alot of stupid mistakes.
It's just the way life goes.
There are things I wish I could go back and change,do over, but I wouldn't be the person I am today without it.
I still have alot of passion and I still want to make a difference to someone, anyone. But it's hard life gets in the way and other things take priority and your dreams take a step back. You find yourself not taking chances and settling for an easy life.
Sometimes I think about that 9 year old girl being hurt and for a time believing the label she was given. But then I remember that 9 year old girl being determined to prove everyone wrong. She worked hard and did better than she ever thought she would.
Yes I didn't become the next Britney or a top lawyer I didn't even finish uni, barely even started it really. I'm most likely not going to be prime minister either but I'm happy. I have a great job, good friends, a husband who loves me and a little boy who looks to me to guide him in life. My life is perfectly imperfect.
So I guess I set out to make a difference in someone's life and I do. I hope that what i teach my son opens the door for him and helps him make a difference in the world even if I couldn't.
Never believe or accept the label you are given. No matter how your life started we all start with a clean slate and the only person who holds us back is ourselves. Be the person you want to be.