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365 Days of Writing Prompts: Day 21

January 21, 2016

Sweet sixteen

When you were 16, what did you think your life would look
like? Does it look like that? Is that a good thing?

I was quite naive at 16. I knew I would graduate high school a year early and planned to go to college. A part of me wanted to be a journalist and another part of me wanted to be an archaeologist. I wanted to explore the world and write about my adventures.

At 17, when I was set to go to college, my mother sent me instead to live with my sister to help out with her new baby. That only lasted a few months as my sister and I couldn’t get along. No surprise there. I did go to a community college the follow fall, but couldn’t take the courses I wanted to because my mother said “take something practical that will get you a job or move out.” I took a year and a half of business courses and hated every minute of it. I dropped out when I was 19, got pregnant, got married, had a miscarriage, got divorced 19 months later and when I was 23, I finally went back to college.

By this time, all I wanted was to be a writer. And that is what I set my sights on. I finished college in 1999 with a Masters degree and life again interrupted my plans. A bad 13 yr marriage followed from 2001 – 2014, during which time I suffered from massive depression. Now, in my late 40s, I am finally doing what I love, uninterrupted. I write as often as I please now. I wish I still had that urge to travel, but for now, I am content where I am.

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