Lydia's Open Road
Foster Care (0:52)
Having Children (2:07)
Learn To Say No (1:59)
Marriage After Foster Care (2:20)
Sharing Your Story (1:39)
New York, NY
Filmmaker & Author
My Sky Is Falling, Little Wild Thang
alcohol, change, children, death, drugs, family, forgiveness, homeless, hospital, identity, inner voice, kids, let things go, memory, mental illness, responsibilities, running away, therapist, writing, youth
- 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.