Growing up in poverty and chaos is never easy and emerging into adulthood in spite of challenges is no guarantee of sustained success. At some point you must leave the pain and challenges behind you and move on. I painted these doors to my past to put my past behind me while taking the valuable lessons learned into the future. How do we help kids leave the lure of their familiar, chaotic lives and grow into new ones? How do we help them use the wisdom that comes from painful lessons to build positive, sustainable futures?