I learned how to separate from friends and family who pull me down. I did that little by little, by getting away. I didn't talk to them as much. I started hanging out with different people but still hung out with them at times.

This affected my life because if I would have stayed close friends with the people who brought me down, I would have never made it to being how I am today - rich and happy.

If I let them bring me down I would have stopped getting my education in high school and I would have been a waitress my whole entire life. It wouldn't be bad but I wouldn't have this nice house and a nice car and still have money to spare :)

Stephannie Herrera, age 70