Inspiring quotes about resilience…

“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.”

― Shane Koyczan

“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”

― Robert Jordan, The Fires of Heaven

“I spent my young adult years postponing many of the small things that I knew would make me happy…I was fortunate enough to realize that I would never have the time unless I made the time. And then the rest of my life began.”

― Chris Peterson

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

― Margaret Thatcher

“It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.”

― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

― Nelson Mandela

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”

― Ernest Hemingway

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

― Maya Angelou

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life.”

― J.K. Rowling

“Someone I once loved gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.”

― Mary Oliver

Poetry by The Care Kid.

I’ve added a “Poetry by The Care Kid” section to my website where you can buy personalised poems written by me.

I hope to raise much needed funds to help the next stage of my education.

If you’re interested, please email me at corrigana3@gmail.com, DM me on Twitter or hit the link on my website…

Funding for an MSc…

I’m seeking help to fund a masters degree.

In the summer of 2018, I graduated with a psychology BSc degree from The Open University. I went on to study an MSc in Forensic Psychology after this at Manchester Met. This differed from my undergraduate degree in that I went from distance learning to a ‘brick’ university and having suffered from social anxiety, this seemed to exasperate my symptoms and so I had to withdraw. You might ask why I decided to go to a brick university then in the first place? I thought it would change me, to push me out of my comfort zone and force me to address the issue. In fact, it made it much worse. It got to a point where I I couldn’t leave the house and would sit in complete silence and darkness in the confines of my house. The only way I could forget about it was to drink to medicate and I became quite dependent. (I’m now 3 weeks sober!)

As a boy previously in care, my education has always been important to me. Spending my early years with parents victims of dependency, my young life was tough. I am very keen to help others in similar situations. But I don’t have family to call upon and to ask for their help in helping me to achieve this. Opportunities to go to university in the first place were slim but to go on to further study, even less so…

Due to withdrawing from my MSc course due to my issues with social anxiety I am no longer eligible for a postgraduate student loan which would mean, in my current circumstances, that I’ve reached the end of the road in terms of study. I was very fortunate to garner much needed support first time round and to some extent I feel I’ve let people down. But I must get back up and try again.

So I’ve been forced to create a second GoFundMe page to assist. This time I hope to return to my original method of study, which was distance learning. That way I can continue to work on the social anxiety without the added pressure of studying within a hugely social environment. This would likely commence is September 2019.

I have three main passions which I hope to incorporate into my working career – looked after children and young people, mental health and addictions. I am really ready for the next stage of my fight to become a better person but really need help to achieve it.If you’d like to know a little more about me I’ve created a website at http://www.thecarekid.com. Take a look. As a side note, I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me so far in an all manner of ways. Although my fight continues I will do you and myself proud!