All children dream about their future career. Some kids envision themselves planting the first garden on Mars, singing the National Anthem during the Super Bowl, or performing life-saving surgery on the most revered tiger at the zoo.
During the 23rd annual Upbring Golf Austin at Avery Ranch on September 19, a promising young athlete named Anna (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) shared her dream about one-day winning Olympic gold in the mile run.
Anna talked about more than her professional aspirations when she bravely walked to the front of the packed room. She spoke about how her experience of living at Upbring New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake has changed her life for the better.
With her permission, we are sharing her story with you.
Anna’s Story (in her words):
“My name is Anna and I’m seventeen years old. Only a week after my last birthday, I was packing my things into my caseworker’s car—next stop? New Life. At the time, I was angry and filled with animosity, but looking back I see that day as the first day of a fresh start.
At New Life, I made a new path. I got plenty of positive feedback from specialists that have worked with kids in this profession for many years, which helped me to change my ways. I also asked for help from the staff and the people around me.
While at New Life, I keep making progress and I have stopped pondering the pain of the past and am focused on the future. I now have a vision to become the best individual I can.
I also discovered that I am a good athlete, which gives me a lot of confidence. I particularly like to run in 5Ks, and am a member of New Life’s running club.
Sports have given me self-discipline, character and a new start. I have big plans for my future, which I didn’t have before. I want to keep getting good grades in school so I can compete in track. My vision is to graduate from college, become a personal trainer and even compete in the Olympics.
But that’s not all. I hope to save the money I make through athletics and training and use that to put myself through medical school, so I can become a doctor one day.
Whatever the future may hold, I know I will continue to use the skills I’ve gained here at New Life and apply them to the real world whenever I find myself faced with tough situations in the future. New Life is my stepping stone to bigger successes.
Anna has found a renewed sense of purpose while staying at New Life. Her caseworkers and staff have given her a sense of self-worth she didn’t have before. She is not only surviving now – she is determined to thrive, and has a clear vision for how she would like to steer her destiny.
Thanks to generous donors and volunteers who made Upbring Golf Austin such a huge success, Anna can run fullspeed ahead into her future.