I learned a lot about myself and how to best deal with the confusing world around me.

I had severe social issues when I came here. They got better only because of the program. When I got here I was being bullied by everyone I knew and I was taking it it out on my family by being a control freak. Also, leading up to my arrival, I was fairly depressed and I hadn’t left my couch in two months and despite my level of intelligence, I had failed the majority of my classes the previous two semesters. While I was here, I dealt with a lot of social interactions that I wasn’t used to and I hated 80% of it. I was pushed farther than I was used to, but it made me a better person because of it, I was taught that people (other guys specifically) weren’t all horrible.

I learned a lot about myself and how to best deal with the confusing world around me. In exchange for all this experience that completely saved my life, I lost 5 1/2 months of my life, and I don’t regret a single moment for a second. Without Fire Mountain, my life would have taken one of three predictable paths. I would have died before the age of eighteen due to a heart attack, I would have hated myself and the people around me more and more until I had a complete breakdown, or I would have stayed the exact way I was, ruining any chance of achieving any form of greatness for the rest of my life. None of those paths were what I wanted for myself, so even though my experience here was a long and arduous journey of struggle and hard lessons, even though I hated almost every minute of it, I now realize that I would not have changed a single moment of it to make it easier on myself, because every moment of my current, wonderful life has only occurred because of my time spent here.

-Kai