Everyone is lucky to be here. Even though that is truer than true, I can’t help but feel like those who were adopted are a little luckier than everyone else.
After I was born, I was abandoned by a river in China, where I was found a few days later and taken to an orphanage where I stayed until I was two years old. I was adopted and brought to a small town in Ontario, Canada where I was raised by my family. We don’t share looks and we don’t share DNA, but what we do share is unimaginable luck.
Adoption changed my life, and it changed my life for the better. I don’t know why my biological parents abandoned me. I don’t know if it was for selfish reasons or selfless reasons, and honestly, it does not matter to me. Even though the start of my life was uncertain and a little rocky, I got lucky. I believe I was lucky that my biological parents abandoned me, that my family decided they wanted to adopt, and I am extremely lucky to be here.
My origin story is something I have in common with many people around the world, and it may be a story that is like someone you know in your life. I love sharing my adoption story, and I love spreading the word that adoption can happen at any stage of a person’s life. Regardless of the reason someone ends up in the adoption process, I believe it is not something to be ashamed of, nor is it something to despise. Whether it is a baby, a child, a teenager, or an adult, everyone needs a family that they can call home.
If you or anyone you know is thinking about giving up, or welcoming a baby, child, teenager, or adult into the family, I just want it to be known that adoption is an option.
I don’t know who said it first, but there is an amazing quote out there that speaks volumes to me, and it reads,
“Adopting one child won’t change the world: but for that child, the world will change”.