Voices entries

Primary School Category

To My Sister! by Aminah Art of My Heart by Adam Proud of Being Proud by Chael's I Am Proud Of… by Lewis PROUD by Connor What Makes Me Proud by Liam

Lower Secondary School Category

Who Makes Me Proud by Karis Shout it Loud, it’s Time to Find PROUD by Charlotte Ro to the Rescue by Allasandro Feeling Proud by Tamzin Every Day in Every Way by Teoni

Upper Secondary School Category

Proud by Emma Never Said Enough by Charde This is Me… by Elisha Every Single Day by Ronnie Kindest Boy in the Class by Lyndsey A Letter to Myself by Jade

Care Leaver Category

Pridary by Tychique Sincerely, From an Older You by Louise Let Me Just Check That With Mike by Nathan What Deserves the Picture of my Pride by Asmara Forced to Grow by Abbey Proud by Georgia

Sincerely, From an Older You

by Louise, aged 22 

To a younger me, 

I don’t know when you’re reading this or where in life you’re currently sat contemplating how tough it is, but I have something to say – you’re awesome. I am you and you are me, and if I’m being totally, one hundred per cent honest – I’ve only just come to grips with that. 

You. Are. Awesome. 

You’ll reach for the stars and will find a home among them; you’ll find peace by the ocean and a piece of your heart will long for it daily. You’ll achieve far greater things than your mind at the moment can comprehend – you, are awesome. 

I know better than anyone how tough your life is; I lived it. 

Being the kid that’s always different, the kid who doesn’t fit in or have a ‘home’, the kid who lives with neither parent. I know better than anyone how angry life makes you – your voice not being heard, and you just want to scream from the rooftops: “Listen to me!” I get it. 

One day, one day soon, people will start to listen to you. Because, you’ll achieve something not many of us do. You, my dear, head off to the greatest place on these isles and start your undergrad degree. I started our degree thinking that it was 6% of us who went, recent research has changed that – it’s now only 4%. When things are getting you down, just remember you’re breaking boundaries and changing the game. I’m proud of you. 

Uni is hard, I’m not going to lie, but for the first time in our life we found a home. A base amongst the people of this quaint university town, a family amongst the thriving throng of students and crazy Christians. We finally found a place to call home. 

So, even though I am no longer in this place we both end up calling home, I long for it. My heart cries out for it when the world is against us. I may not be there currently but what I’m doing now is something for you to look forward to. 

I understand life is challenging, you feel like you stand out like a sore thumb, but I can guarantee you – hand on my heart – one day, you’re going to use these experiences in your rewarding yet challenging job. You, are the age I am now, are getting to help kids like us. 

Their trials and tribulations, hopes and desires mean something to the person who has been through it all. Out of everyone in the department – you get it. The kids know it, they know that you have something extra, that they can trust you. You have something special.