A woman in the United States, Virginia Burton, was exposed to marijuana at the age of 6 because of her drug-addicted mother, and then touched methamphetamine at the age of 12, dropped out of school and started smoking at the age of 14, and even had a child after still being in and out of juvenile detention, and her life became more and more skewed, but eventually she decided to change, and her life has been transformed.
The 48-year-old Burton recalled her past, saying that she had been influenced by her drug-addicted mother since she was a child, and was exposed to drugs at the age of six, then dropped out of school, smoking, etc. “I went from being a very sweet child to being an angry and aggressive child,” and was constantly in and out of juvenile detention facilities. By 2012, she was a mother of three, but still addicted to drugs, homeless, and even unable to raise her children due to multiple prison sentences, “My kids would grab my ankles when I walked into the kitchen because that’s where I smoked, and my life was a nightmare.
The newspaper mentioned that the nightmare finally woke up eight years ago, Burton determined to change himself, and in May this year to obtain a degree in political science from the University of Washington, and shared on Facebook his 2005 and 2021 contrast photo, simply like two people, “what kind of motivation? Honestly, I thought I would die on a park bench with a needle in my arm or a gunshot to my head, I never thought one day my life would be what it is today” and “Stop trashing yourself, you don’t know what will happen tomorrow, so you can consider starting today”.
Burton said she cried at the beginning of the graduation ceremony, “I let myself down for so long, I always felt like people like me from broken homes don’t get good things, but we can”, In addition to her dazzling academic achievements, Burton also discovered her love for hiking, having struggled on glaciers and climbed to the the summit of Mount Rainier in Washington, D.C., and now maintains a daily meditation, plant-based diet, just to turn her life back around one step at a time, “I started using drugs when I was six years old and I never knew who I was before, but I love my new life now and have found that I am the person I always knew in my heart”.