5 years ago today I made the decision to live my life. Through the support of my family and the people around me I made a decision that made sound easy, but was quite difficult. I decided to stop using self-injury as a coping mechanism for the issues in my life. Today I realize what making that hard decision has done for my life. I am about to graduate with my bachelors, applying for law school, holding leadership positions on my college campus, all while working 27 hours a week. The self discipline that it takes to complete these tasks everyday was learned through coping with day to day issues without self-injuring. 5 years ago today I made the decision to live my life, not to the minimum but to the fullest. I started believing in myself and loving myself. This is all thanks to my family, friends and all who supported me. And to anyone suffering, just know it is possible. Stay strong and keep fighting. There may be bad days, but there is never a bad life.