tough love

I cried a lot in elementary school when I was being made fun of in class. Being highly sensitive is one of my most profound memories of myself as a kid. I was also a voracious reader. At my sixth grade graduation, the school librarian presented me with a $100 savings bond for reading the most books in the school library. It was an incredible honor for me. Reading saved me from feeling lonely and unloved as a child in my household because being ambitious was not encouraged. Although I learned perseverance through watching my mom raise me, her inability to be emotionally and academically supportive has affected my ability to love and believe in myself as an adult.

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