My friends and family have always been there for me.
I was sad when I saw others with troubled home lives, because I was incredibly lucky to have a mostly positive experience at home growing up.
Even though my biological parents split up when I was nine years old, my mom met a different man a few years later who helped her continue raising myself and my sister. There were times when my biological father was out of work but my step dad stepped up to the plate and provided the necessary financial support to supplement. I never realized how important that man was to my life until he was gone in the blink of an eye. I was absolutely devastated with the experience last week, and I didn’t know where to turn. Just getting up and working each day seemed like the toughest chore. How do you function when all your brain can think of are the countless hours of memories you have with a person you knew for over 20 years? It took the help of my friends to get me through the worst part of the grieving process, especially when my home’s air conditioner started acting up a week and a half after the horrid event that ended my step father’s life. It was a close friend who is like the brother I never had who stepped in to make sure that everything was all right and if I could cover the normal fees for HVAC service and maintenance. I don’t know what I would do without my loved ones, they are truly the reason for living in the scary and troubled world.