Stella Park - 10 Stories

Stella Park - 10 Stories - Stella Park 18 years of life has...

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Stella Park 18 years of life has taught me nothing more than to accept that most of life’s wonderful little clichés about how you can do anything your heart desires and how life is your oyster are false. Oh, how devastating and uncompassionate life really is, how unrealistic it is to find true love, and how happiness is usually tainted by jealousy, resentment, and fear. Growing up in a strictly upper class and completely uncompassionate British family, I learned early on that my dreams were insignificant compared to the future my parents had planned for me before my birth. Despite how I felt, I was to be a conservative, church-going, well-educated young women who was set to go to law school and become an esteemed lawyer to carry on the family business. Upon having been told what my future would be, I had to quickly and unwillingly dismiss my dreams of becoming a pilot and traveling the world. My affinity for flight and desire to travel are now repressed thoughts, locked away in a box, in the back of my head. So here I sit, amongst a group of chauvinistic bigots, studying for my last test of the semester. 1
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What makes a best friend? I say loyalty, trustworthiness, and the acceptance of that other person as family are factors that make a true best friend. Ren comprises everything and more I had ever hoped to find in a best friend. He is the friend that allows me to go back to that reckless young boy or find the mature adult in me to make tough decisions. Ren and I both grew up without any siblings in broken homes. Whether it was the loneliness or resentment towards our families that made us bond I am unsure of. However, I am certain that because of Ren I am able to remember my childhood as one filled with laughs and excitement. He was the brother I never had- the angel I believe was sent to help make my life less miserable. During our teenage years, most of our time was spent at the dump. Discovering a yard filled with people’s trash and unwanted garbage was like discovering a treasure chest filled with priceless antiques that just needed some tweaking. We collected anything from old baseball cards to broken pieces of furniture and soon Ren’s garage became our personalized own getaway. 2
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The birth of my son was a day filled with tears, pain, smiles, and love- an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. I knew parenthood would be difficult and life-changing. What I didn’t know was that the rest of my days would be filled with the very same
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