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How a Young Mother Decides to RISE and Define the Future

By Whitney Hicklin

The year 2020 has been an interesting one amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Before it changed the world’s everyday norms, something else swept in to change mine - Motherhood.

Finding out that I was pregnant was one of the scariest moments of my life. I was only half-way through my junior year of college, and could not make sense of how to move forward. I was afraid of how it would define my future.

I decided to rise the moment I decided to have my son. This decision would define my future; it would in fact make it worthwhile.

Months prior to finding out about the pregnancy, I felt down and out. I started visiting a counselor because everything was starting to feel like too much to handle. While finding out about my pregnancy was scary, it turned out to be the biggest blessing in disguise. It saved me, and gave me a newfound purpose.

I continue to rise because no matter what I’ve endured in the past, He continues to position me to do so. I continue to rise because I WILL be the first in my family to graduate from a four-year institution. I continue to rise because I WILL become the first in my family to become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. I want my son to see that anyone can certainly RISE despite any situation or circumstance.

I’m grateful to my parents and friends for the unconditional love they showed me when things got hard. I thank God for the amount and grace in favor that has moved not only in my life, but in my son’s.

I’ve been so fortunate to have had a healthy pregnancy thus far. Despite the global pandemic, and media; He’s been faithful. I’m so excited to welcome my young king into the world this August.

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