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Growing up it always seemed as though the family next door had theperfect family I also knew that my family was far from perfect Goingto their house was like entering a feel good television show The momstays home to clean the house and take care of everyone The dad workshard to come home and play with the kids All the kids play gamestogether and have a grand old time Then I would go home and compare my family My father has never workeda day in his life and drinks all day My mother spends her timecomplaining about my father and my brother and I spent our times in ourrooms trying to get away from everything Looking at this situation fromthe eyes of a seven year old I saw everyone having a perfect lifeexcept me Now that I can look back on my childhood I understand that growing upwithout a traditional family did not hurt me but it made me strongerAt an early age I learned that I could not be dependent on other peopleto take care of me If I wanted my life to go a certain way I was goingto have to be the person to stand up and do Did I go through a phase where I would drown in self-pity YesHowever I quickly realized that I had a choice to make I could sitaround waiting for someone to see how unhappy I was or I could stopcaring trying to be like everyone else I had to pick myself up in orderto move on When I finally was strong enough to rely on myself life became easierI was not worried about keeping up with the Jones or that my life mightnot be perfect My self-confidence blossomed and I knew that if I couldget myself through childhood on my own I would be able to make itanywhere So I started making goals for myself Suddenly my goals gotbigger as I became more confident
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