BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Alexes

BEING Young & Twenty Submission

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Alexes Ciardi
Vocal Lady Magazine
Age • 20

“I’m confident, independent, and most importantly happy. All of which I had lost sight of during my teen years.”

When I was 16, I didn’t plan on living until I was 18, let alone 20 and beyond.

Then, in a whirlwind of recovery, support, and life changes, I’ve now been 20 for a few months. BEING Young & Twenty is more than an age.

It’s a celebration. A celebration of my battle (and defeat) of my mental illness. A celebration of creating a future that I never planned on having in the first place.

Now that I’m 20, I’m able to live a life I didn’t have when I was a teenager. I’m confident, independent, and most importantly happy.

All of which I had lost sight of during my teen years.

There are so many things I get to do today that I would’ve never even thought of at 16. BEING Young & Twenty means that I won.

That my mental illness didn’t get to take my life.

And I am grateful for that every day.

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