"To anyone that is reading this I want to say never look down at yourself. You'll get there. Believe in yourself and have faith. Don't you dare give up on your dreams. Never give up or give in. You can get through this. If God can do it for a guy that came from a broken family, then nothing is too hard for him. I hope to encourage someone out there, maybe from a similar background.
My name is Othniel. I am 21 years old. Where I come from, we struggled however my family is my motivation. I’m a guy that came from a broken family and things weren't easy for us. I was seven when my Father decided to leave us behind. Growing up without a Father was not easy however everything happens for a reason they say.
Years passed and I couldn't bear seeing my Mother struggling for our family, playing the roles of a Father and a Mother. Sometimes, I would complain to God and ask why me? But he was writing my story better than what I could have written. I saw my Mother struggling but I never saw her giving up. Every time I would pray that someday I would make her proud.
Today I am following in my Great Grandfather's footsteps who served in the British Army. I am in the British Royal Army for the Royal Engineers. I know that my Mom is proud today.
Thank you for this opportunity to share a little about myself".
Thanks Othniel, for sharing with us about your journey and how powerful the love of a Mother can be. We acknowledge your heart to reach out to others and also how no matter where we come from, with a forward mindset, we can overcome, we can triumph over adversity.
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