a couple of years ago in Colombia

By Samuel  |   From : Colombia/Florida  |   School : Park Vista High School

 Around a couple of years ago in Colombia, my mom’s friend at the time tried to get my mom to meet with my biological dad. Since her goal was for my mom to talk about Christianity with him. In which eventually they fell in love, got married for five years, and decided to have a baby. Until eventually my father didn’t feel any passion for my mother which caused them to have a divorce. 

              This caused my mom to have to live with my grandmother for a while. Meanwhile, another one of my mother’s friends introduced my step dad to her since they studied orthodontics together. And once again, they fell in love and eventually got married. However, Once they got married they decided to move to America in order to have a better opportunity for their son to have a better future. And that’s where to this day I would live the rest of my 15 year old life in Florida.

                 Around those 15 years I started caring more about what I do and the consequences around it. Since a lot of the mistakes I did in the past motivate me to become a better person for the future. And even when I’ve tried to become the best version of myself there have been a lot of times when I feel like I’m at my lowest point, an example being that throughout my whole middle school years I was very depressed. I was somewhat antisocial and I mostly tried to fit in as much as I could. I felt alone, and that was what I feared the most, feeling like you have no one to talk to about your problems or feelings so you just had to dig those emotions deep inside yourself.

                  Eventually around the end of eighth grade I felt better and more energetic about stuff than usual. Until my mom and my step dad, who had been together for 14 years, finally got a divorce during the summer. As you would expect I was devastated by the fact this was happening, once I got the news I took a walk outside to cry so that they wouldn’t see me get emotional. But when the tears stopped I decided that I wasn’t going to let this get in the way of something I was just building up, and so throughout the summer while hiding my true emotions in front of my parents I was working on how to try to better other people’s lives. Because realistically that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, ever since I was in elementary I didn’t care what job I was gonna do as long as it involved helping people, and I was in an environment where I was happy. 

                 And while I’m still working on working on my mental health and my body, I feel like this year is the happiest I’ve ever felt in a long time. Mostly because of LIA and this being the year where I’ve somewhat improved my social skills. Even though I’m still in the process of the divorce and I know there probably will be more obstacles coming sooner or later. I know that no matter what happens I’ll still try and move past it and try to help others in any way I can in the meantime.


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