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Turning Frowns Upside Down

It’s Older American’s and Teen Self-Esteem Month. What do those two have in common? For me they are central to my life, and my story of a special older american and how she impacted me.

When I was thirteen years old, my grandmother told me that she was not afraid of death because when she would pass away, it would mean that her work here on Earth would be done. I was clueless of this advice’s significance at that time, because to me, death had always been a dark place since it meant leaving my friends and family behind.

As years passed, I have come to understand that anyone who is still alive has adventures she or he has to enjoy. The fact that life may end at any moment struck me last summer when my grandmother was rushed to the hospital because she had had a heart attack. I was told that I could not do anything and that I would have to be patient and strong. That day I thought back to what my grandma had told me about death. I felt so helpless and that was when I decided who I wanted to become. I want to be a person who will enrich people’s lives by making little changes that will affect them forever. I decided that there is no incorrect way to go in life, and to simply just live it to its fullest. The most important thing is to try and make our dreams come true and to never give up, especially on ourselves.

When my grandma returned home from the hospital, she told me that everything would be fine because she had people like me who cared for her very much Today I can say that I have confidence, love my life and believe that my purpose is to help others live a better life.  I am not afraid of dying anymore because I know that when my time comes, I will have stayed true to myself from beginning to end and my work here will be done,  just like my grandma told me. Death is not the end of someone’s life, but rather the beginning of someone’s legacy, and I intend to make mine by doing what I can, including volunteering at A Woman’s Place (AWP) and putting smiles on other people’s faces one face at a time.

Carole-Ann Filiatreault
Teen Volunteer

P.S. All teens are welcome to join the fun and enjoy a free breakfast next Saturday, May 17th , at The Barn Nature Center, in Doylestown, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. for the kick off of  the teen programs in  The Empowerment Project at AWP. Contact Director of The Empowerment Project Ann Ciliberto at 215.343.9241 x114 for more information and to RSVP.

#DontTakeOurWord4It – Take Carol-Ann’s and support A Woman’s Place!

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