Someone asked me last week, “What has beyond the bricks has done for you?” At first I could not answer this question. It took me almost a week to arrive at my answer; however, it is one that is difficult to verbalize. It seems a bit perplexing that a person like me, one who is usually never at a loss for words, is struggling to verbalize how I feel. You may be asking, “How can a person whose life that has been so positively affected be at a loss for words?” My answer to that would be this question: “Have you ever been so thankful for something that when it is time to verbalize or demonstrate your gratitude, you don’t know what to say or how to accurately or fully articulate your gratitude?” I can say that before the Beyond the Bricks (BTB), I had given up on everything. I had given up on my dreams, my family, my father, and most of all myself. I was going down a spiraling road to nowhere. BTB was the beacon and saving grace that helped me realize who I am. It helped me to realize that there is hope that I don’t have to be a victim of circumstances or statistics, and that there is a purpose for me. I now know that doing nothing and letting life pass me by, will get me nowhere. These lessons and my experiences since BTB have helped me to create a new mind set for myself and come to the understanding that look plays a little role in a person’s life; and just because it looks as if you don’t have a story or you feel that it is insignificant; it does not mean that it is. . You may think your opinion does not matter and your voice is so small that no one will hear it, but someone is listening and they feel your pain.