By Kadijah Parris
There are many ways to measure the quality of someone’s life; by number of years, successes, or failures. For me, it comes down to one simple word. Regret.
Was it all worth going through? Was there anything you would do differently?
As the child of a single mother fleeing domestic violence, there aren’t many choices in my life that I have directly made.
At 7, I left my hometown to live in Georgia. I moved again at age 11 to Minnesota. . I went to seven high schools in 4 years between 2 states. I had to leave school and work to help support my family. That was an easy choice to make because I dealt with bullying and physical violence. High school was not for me so I dropped out and got my G.E.D.
"I am very excited to take this journey because I know I will have no regrets in the end."
Taking control of my life has been challenging but also rewarding. I started to work a full time job to support myself and family as well as starting a new and exciting EMS program. As soon as one part of my life was under control, another part fell apart. Life at home with my family was no longer safe for me. So deciding to be homeless was an easy choice.
I went from couch to classroom with hope that I would successfully complete my training and make something of myself.
Prior Crossing has been anopportunity for me to succeed. I have a place of my own, where I can feel safe. I don’t have to worry about where I will sleep or keep my things. It has given me the chance to apply for a grant to buy a car, as well as opened the doors to college for me. This is something that I could only dream of and now is finally in my reach. I now have the chance to talk to someone that understands where I’m coming from. A new community of friends who have been through the same things as me.
I am very excited to take this journey because I know I will have no regrets in the end. I will do whatever it takes to end this journey not just as Kadijah Parris, but as
Kadijah Parris, M.D.