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I'm Just Lucky

By Natalie Steele
September 2003, south east Wales
A digital story from Capture Wales

Lucky in Life

Natalie takes a look at some of the things she loves and explores the reasons behind her passion for life.

"There are lots of things in my life that I love, some are important, others are just silly old rubbish, but who cares?

I love chips. Even though if you keep eating them they'll make you the size of an elephant - go on admit it, they're scrummy!

I love my mam and dad... and my brother and sister, I suppose. We might look like the perfect family, but trust me, we're not.

I love my friends. I love my grandparents. I love money - and when I got money - I love to buy clothes. I love it when people text me - it makes me feel popular. I love kissin' - mwah! And I love birthdays - especially my own - and you open all your pressies in front of your friends and finding out that your gran has bought you your first pair of kinky knickers!

But I want more. I want to move out of my parents house. I want to go to university and achieve my goals. I want a husband and children - one boy and one girl. I want other people to look up to me as someone they can rely on.

I suppose some people would think I'm greedy - but I'm not. I got one chance to get what I deserve, and I realise how grateful I am and how precious and sacred my life is.

I do appreciate that some people don't get the opportunity to do everything that I can. That's what scares me, knowing how much at risk I am of losing the chances of being happy.

I'm not greedy. I'm just lucky."

Natalie Steele

Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am currently studying for my A-levels in health and social care, religious studies and history. I hope to carry out further education and hope to train to be a teacher at a comprehensive school.

What's your story about?
It's about knowing what I want out of life and how much I appreciate having the chance to do some of the things I want to do.

Why did you choose to tell this particular story?
I came to tell this story after a person close to me died at the age of 15. He never got the chance to do what he wanted because it was all taken away from him, and I don't want anything to be taken away from me.

What did you find most rewarding about the workshop?
I never thought that I would be able to actually complete a story that seemed - at the time - quite complicated, but after the help that I received and working with a great team, I did complete my film!

Your comments

"I thought that this film was brilliant n im really proud of my best friend and i understand why she chose to do this topic because we were all upset when a close friend died!!!! i think this really deserves to go on television as natalie is a brilliant person and deserves to achieve what she wants in life and i think that if this was broadcasted on the t.v then natalie would benefit greatly out of it!!! the pupils and staff at tredegar comprehensive school are really proud of natalie and im really proud ov my best friend she deserves everything that she wants to achieve!! pliz broadcast this on the t.v as natalie will be really pleased and so will everyone who are close to her and tredegar comprehensive school." Clair, Tredegar, Wales.

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