Youth in Care Matter

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Living on your own is hard enough,

so why not add “Living alone during a worldwide pandemic”,

just to make it sound more intriguing.

I knew turning eighteen would be hard, and scary.

Aging out of care is scary, it’s overwhelming.

Doing it in a pandemic makes it scarier, more overwhelming.

You live on your own, you're not supposed to have a lot of people over.

Six feet at all times.

It’s lonely, and scary.

For me I felt like I was constantly underwater, not getting any air.

I felt trapped, I was sad, and so full of anger.

I wanted other people to feel what I felt,

I wanted them to know what it’s like to be all alone,

to feel my sadness,

to hurt like me.

It was hard to communicate all of my emotions,

when I couldn’t get close to anyone,

when I couldn't see anyone’s full face because of a mask.

All I wanted was to be and feel normal.

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