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by Starling1105

I have always had a very spoiled life. I grew up having everything I could need and many things I wanted. I lived comfortably. I never had to worry about not having food, water, or power. I never had to worry about violence in my family's house or our community. If I am honest, I grew up very sheltered from the problems in the world. However, even though I had a very good life, it did not go without a problem. Throughout my life, I have had struggle after struggle. I remember my father re-entering the military when I was around 8. My grandmother came to live with my family as she struggled with lung cancer before dying from it the day before I turned nine. when I was 13, I came home after a middle school dance to be told my father would be deployed to Afghanistan that coming may. Then my eighth-grade year ( while my father was gone may I add), the world shut down around me as I, alongside every other person on earth, had to live through a worldwide pandemic. I came into high school not knowing how to function. I found out in my sophomore year that my aunt had cancer, and every memory of my grandma came flooding back. But I bounced back fast. In fact, my life got right back on track and was going great! I was doing good in school and in my activities. Before these last couple of weeks. One week and my life would be a mess. My father had been in Texas for a week at that point and with another week to go to welcome back his army unit from a deployment he had gotten out of. In one week, my family's dishwasher and oven stopped working (both ended up getting fixed), my mother's grandfather was in hospice and about to die, my mother's uncle was shot in the arm, and my father's aunt died. That was two weeks ago. Today, all of that was put to shame by the pain I felt. My cat had to be put down. His name was Tiger and he was alive for 23 years. My family had this cat for almost 9 years. for reference, I am only 17, which means we had this cat for 1/2 my life. Before we had him, he was my grandmother's cat. As she lay on her deathbed, she asked my father (her son) to take care of the cat. Tiger was the last thing of hers that I had and I loved him so. He was believed by my family to have had cancer and was rotting from the inside out and smelled of death, so if he was not put down, based on how he couldn't purr more than a few seconds before wheezing for air, he most likely would not have made it more than another week. He died more peacefully than he had been sleeping, but it still hurts to say goodbye. Yet that is what must be done. So goodbye tiger, you will always have a spot in my heart. However, hello to you new reader, there will be an adventure to come.

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Sun Apr 30, 2023 12:02 am
foxmaster wrote a review...

Hello this is Foxmaster!!!
I have to say that this is very interesting hearing about your life! I would personally put this onto a blog. I can tell that you've been through a whole lot and I can emphasize with you for a lot of this. For example, two summers ago, me and my family were visiting my last living grandparent (My grandmother) in hospys. We went out for a short walk, and when we came back, She was dead. She cried a lot. I also grew up very similarly to you, although I did not go through so many hard things. I feel bad for you for a lot of this stuff, and it was interesting hearing about your life! I hope you continue this and if you are looking for anything to review (As review day just started) you can review some of my work! :)

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Sun Apr 02, 2023 9:02 pm
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Rinisha wrote a review...

Hi Starling1105,

I want to tell you that you are strong. Very strong, life has put a lot of ups and downs on your path, but still you found your sword at the bottom of the ocean and cut a path for yourself.

You've been through a lot in life, and people can tell you a lot of things. But if you don't believe in yourself, you'll never make it.

It's very brave of you to share your journey like this and I really admire your courage. Even after everything you've been through, you're still doing your best at school to get good grades. They say 'never judge a book by its cover' and it's true, you can only judge a book once you've opened it and read it to the last page.

I'm very sorry for you losing your grandmother, aunt and of course Tiger, but know that they are in a better place now. There is no better place than heaven.

The world can be cruel and tear us apart in many ways, but we must stand strong and show it that we can face any problem that comes our way. That way no one will be able to make you kneel or bow your head. That way you will be strong as a tree and fierce as a tiger.

Your amazing, bold, brave, strong and have a pure soul. There is no word to describe how amazing you are, keep your head up Tiger.

Never give up on yourself and try to make the best of your life, even if things don't always go your way. Have faith, don't lose hope and always be yourself. You'll make it through life, Starling1105. You may have had a rough start, but you'll get through it.

I know you will!

- Rinisha

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Fri Mar 31, 2023 4:49 am
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HalfheartedAmateur wrote a review...

You are such an incredibly fabulous human being with emotions and feelings that are just as valid and important as anyone else's. Thank you for sharing this aspect of your life. No matter what, grief and loss is what everyone experiences. It doesn't matter the difference(s) of how you grew up, your household, your environment, circumstances, etc. because loss of someone/something and grief is a universal experience. As one would tell someone at a funeral: "Sorry for your loss." Whether or not this was intentional, just a friendly reminder to you and anyone else who is reading this - comparing yourself to others may be what your brain may be inclined to automatically do, but you are you who is neither above or below anyone else on this planet called Earth; everyone's experiences and other aspect of their life is equally valid and important as another's as well as you do matter because you are a human being whatever life you may have. This post is so refreshing to see because we humans can become so lost in comparison and our own lives, it's nice to see another person's reality no matter how sad or uplifting it is. Thank you for being here - alive, breathing and existing. You are amazing. Everything will be alright sooner or later - you can do this. I believe in you. It's okay to be sad and it's okay to not be okay for a while. You only live once, so treasure life no matter what.

"I never expected that I should be a queen so soon."
— Alice's Adventures in Wonderland