As I look back on my life, I realize that the journey through foster care has taught me invaluable lessons about adaptability, resilience, and the power of hope. I want to share with you some of the insights I gained during my time in the system and how embracing change has shaped the person I am today.
1. Change is inevitable, and that's okay.
Growing up in foster care, I moved between 23 different homes and attended 11 different schools. Change was a constant in my life, and over time, I learned to accept it as a natural part of my journey. Instead of fearing change, I started to see it as an opportunity to grow, learn new things, and meet new people. Embracing change can lead to new experiences and perspectives that enrich our lives in unexpected ways.
2. Adaptability is a powerful tool.
With each new home and school, I had to adapt to new environments, rules, and routines. While this was challenging at times, it taught me the importance of being adaptable and flexible. As I grew older, I discovered that this ability to adapt was a valuable skill that allowed me to overcome obstacles and thrive in various situations. In both our personal and professional lives, adaptability can be a game-changer, helping us navigate through uncertain times and emerge stronger on the other side.
3. Supportive relationships make all the difference.
During my time in foster care, I was fortunate enough to encounter mentors and foster parents who believed in my potential and encouraged me to dream big. These supportive relationships had a profound impact on my life, giving me the confidence and motivation to pursue my goals. Surrounding ourselves with positive influences and building a strong support system can make a world of difference in our ability to overcome challenges and reach our full potential.
4. Your past doesn't define you.
While my experience in foster care was undeniably difficult, I learned that my past did not have to dictate my future. I chose to use my experiences as a catalyst for personal growth, and I refused to let my circumstances define who I was or what I could achieve. We all have the power to shape our own destinies and create the life we desire, regardless of where we come from or the challenges we've faced.
5. The power of hope and perseverance.
Hope was a constant companion throughout my time in foster care. Despite the obstacles I encountered, I never gave up on my dreams and aspirations. Perseverance and hope have carried me through the darkest times, and I believe that they can help anyone overcome adversity and achieve their goals.
As I share my story with you, I hope that these lessons inspire you to embrace change, cultivate resilience, and pursue your dreams with unwavering determination. No matter the challenges you face, remember that you have the power to create a bright and fulfilling future. Stay tuned for more insights and stories from my journey, as I continue to share my experiences and the lessons I've learned along the way.
About Dylan McIntosh
Dylan, a former foster child turned advocate, utilizes his unique experiences and resilient spirit to inspire change and empower others within the foster care community, while proudly celebrating his upcoming college graduation.