Thirty-Nine

“But we hadn’t been in church for a long time. I was pretty mad at the church. I just felt like I didn’t belong. Just felt like I always … I don’t know. It was all just too hard I think.”

Thirty-Eight

“I think people just … they get judged early, you know? That’s what it’s like these days anyway. Once you get in trouble, it’s always hanging over your shoulders.”

Thirty-Seven

“What I really want is just for people to accept me as me. You know, we all get anxiety to some degree. I just get it a lot worse than others.”

Thirty-Six

“And I was really proud because it was at that point that I really showed the people that did doubt my choice to go to uni that I could do it. Because it was just, like, wow!”

Thirty-Five

“Without music I wouldn’t be here. Music is my life blood. It’s like a drug to me.

Music keeps me going … and it saved my life.”

Thirty-Two

“He thought mum was still alive at the start … and I had to tell him. It was pretty hard. Cause I already had to go through it when she died and, cause he forgot everything, I had to retell him again cause he kept asking about her.”

Thirty-Three

“I’ve been homeless since my dad passed away. He passed away two years ago. So, since then it’s been a bit of a roller coaster.”

Thirty-One

“It was the drinking that separated us. Very violent he was in drink.

Saying, ‘enough’, was very hard. But he was very negative and I just said to him one day, “I don’t want to be married to you anymore. Sorry.” “

Thirty

“I’ve just come out of serving six weeks at Silverwater Maximum Women’s Detention Center. I’m in a program: Miruma.”

Twenty-Eight

“It’s one thing to say it in your head but when you’re actually saying it to someone else out loud that’s when you need to make a change.

The ice life - I was done.”

Twenty-Six

“You know, I honestly believe that God always puts a person in your life when you need someone. Seek out that person. Find a true friend.”

Twenty-Five

“You’d see a lot of kids who were determined not to turn out like their parents did but some of them just couldn’t give a crap about it. I think for me, I always wanted to do something. I always wanted to make something of myself.”

Twenty-Four

“I guess it took that five years for me to toughen up; mature and to acclimatise to death. But yeah, that was probably my defining moment in nursing.”

Twenty-Three

“I had always been interested in history. Roman history in particular. I had come across Masonry and had learnt a lot previously but I’d never made that jump.”

Twenty-Two

“My biggest struggle, seeing as I’ve just moved back here, is trying to find work. At the moment I’ll take anything. I’m 18 and I’m 1500 bucks in debt. Got kicked out by the old girl and, long story short, I pinched a car and got into a car crash.”

Twenty-One

“Unless you’ve been there and seen that, people don’t appreciate even just having trees and green grass. Or appreciate that we’ve got this country with the fresh air and no fighting. That you can just walk down the street.”

Nineteen

“Well, for me, Cessnock was a big culture shock. Like, I used to go surfing every morning and then we moved here. The first weekend I was here I got my board out of the shed and I’m like, “Which way to the beach, Dad?” Cause I’d never been this far in. I couldn’t even get on the bus with my surfboard.”