What is one memory you never want to forget?
“I used to live in Costa Rica as a teenager. I would spend most of my time surfing and hanging out with friends. Well one day I fell off my board and I hit my back up against the coral. I suffered some major cuts, but what was worse was having to swim back to the shore.”
What did you learn from that experience?
“I realized that our natural environment easily has the power to wipe out the world, and I think the more we piss off our environment the more violent it will become.”
…waiting to meet his Dad who he hasn’t seen in 20 years.
How did you make that decision?
“When I was a CPS kid, they brought me to my new grandparents and I rebelled. They wanted me to do chores and follow rules. I didn’t know how to live successfully in an environment like that so I just left.”
What’s your greatest struggle right now?
“Being 21 and having to live at a women’s shelter. I’m not going to share excuses with you. I’m just going to tell you I’m going to make it out of this situation.”
Story by: Michael Cirlos
Michael Cirlos is the creator of The Humans of San Antonio Project, a documentary blog that provides a platform on social media where San Antonians can voice their perspectives, opinions, and address social issues in our communities without having to compromise their daily routines. Michael’s goal as a photojournalist is to reveal the real life diversity and individuality of our growing city and the hidden treasures in between.