BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Dayne

BEING Young & Twenty Submission

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Dayne Svendsen
A Schizoaffective Story
Age • 18

“The amount of experiences I have gone through, both positive and negative, have required me to ‘grow up’ a lot sooner than I should have.”

At 15, I was told that my life expectancy was a mere 18 years old due to my alcohol and drug use.

This makes BEING Young & Twenty a gigantic milestone for myself. Mental illness has ruled my life since the age of 13, and it has transformed my life in every respect.

I was offered amazing jobs due to being rather intelligent, however, mental illness took that away. It also changed my views on what I want, which is to help others with struggles similar to myself. I see BEING Young & Twenty as an important part of recovery and an opportunity for new beginnings.

There will be many good days and many bad days. There will be times where it seems impossible to carry on, but it’s worth it. This is the time in which I can focus on supporting myself as well as others.

BEING Young & Twenty is the beginning and prime of your life.

We were once ruled by education and our parents, but now we are free to make our own decisions and of course, mistakes. This is the time in which we are setting up the foundation for the rest of our lives.

We are finding ourselves whilst constantly growing and learning.

We’re supposed to adventure, go wild, and simply have fun.

It is a time to change.
It is a time to find happiness.
It is a time to live.

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