I hated my birth mom
Before coming to the YPG, I had depression and anger problems. I depended on relationships to make me feel better about myself. It all started in the 6th grade when I saw how all my friends got attention from boys and I was always the outsider. Because I didn’t look like them, I always felt inferior and said they were better looking than me. This caused my self-esteem to be very low. I had no value for myself and would do whatever it took to get attention.
Furthermore, I began dressing in short dresses and tight clothing to get more attention. I always attracted the wrong attention, but I finally felt like I was something. I started hanging around with the popular people of the school. We were proud, always thinking that we were better than everybody and would put other people down. I hated my birth mom for leaving my brother and me when we were little. I was very rebellious towards my grandmother, who was my guardian at the time. I would stay at school to avoid all the problems at home. There were constant fights and arguments.
My brother and I fought for every little thing; we never got along. One day, he got me so angry that I wanted to kill him. I hit rock bottom when I was in a relationship with a guy for two years, and it didn’t work out. He had broken up with me, and that felt like the last straw I could take. I was 13 years old at the time. That was when I got invited to the Youth Power Group (YPG).
I started to attend the meetings and put in practice what was taught. Now, I don’t have any anger problems or depression. I don’t need a relationship to make me happy. My true happiness comes from within, from God. I get along with my family members now, and we no longer fight. I love being home and don’t avoid it anymore. Thanks to the YPG because if they didn’t fight for me, I would not be the Natalie that I am today.
Testimony of Natalie from Texas