Lydia's Open Road
Filmmaker & Author
My Sky Is Falling, Little Wild Thang
You're a human being living your life, and you're going to make a million mistakes, and a million things are going to happen to you...and it's not over.
- Her mother was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, had a drug problem and worked as a prostitute.
- When Lydia was 10 years old, her mother committed suicide.
- Everyone in her biological family declined to take her in, so she was placed into foster care.
- She went through four different adoptions, but she never felt like she was anyone's child, and the families always said she was a "miserable brat."
- By the time she got to high school, she felt so beaten down that she ran away; no one reported her, so she was left without a home.
- Says her life didn't turn around until she was 34; she started keeping a journal and writing down all the things she forgave herself for.
- Eventually, she realized that she had to turn the tables around and instead forgive all of the people who'd hurt her.
- Says the key to happiness is to find your inner voice-who you are before anybody else judges you-and listen to that voice.