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Exercising Restraint

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Non-fiction writing: Colombe Kipemosso Exercising Restraint Everyone's story is special, and I believe everyone's story deserves attention. Before I begin though, I'd like to tell why I chose to tell you a bit of my story. I want to do so, by honestly describing what I've been through. I can't really call this my ultimate story because at seventeen my life has just begun. I don't want to exaggerate or over dramatize, because I know many people have had a much harder time than I have. However there are also those who have had it easier, but comparisons don't prove anything. My point is neither to lament how my life has been rough nor boast how my life has been privileged. I know a lot of women judge themselves harshly; we're often our worst critics. We tend to beat up ourselves, blaming ourselves, for everything that goes wrong. I don't judge myself and I won't judge the people with whom I've interacted. I don't mean that I love every one who has come my way, but I've come to see everyone has a purpose in my life. So I'm shining the light on my past. I won't tell you all my life because at the end, it will be a book. ...read more.


However mum was off in her own world, and my anger at her was so strong, I couldn't talk to her without losing my temper. Why did I consent to sex at such a young age? Part of it was curiosity. I'd heard about it, now I wanted to see what it was like. I was also sure I was in love. It wasn't a matter of desire; and it wasn't because Sabian was pressuring me. He wasn't that kind of guy. Then why didn't I have better sense? Maybe it was lack of self-esteem, typical of most young girls. We aren't secure enough to say no. we haven't learned how to protect ourselves from emotional and physical harm, and many of us don't have the advantage of parental guidance. If I was to advise anyone now I would tell them, if you think you're ready, think again. You're not. I thought I was ready and I was dead wrong. I needed someone to tell me, emphatically, to wait until I was grown, until I was out of the house and responsible for myself. Life is confusing enough when you're still living at home. Adding to that confusion by engaging in early sex is crazy. ...read more.


I also realise that a best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. I used to think that the world meant nothing, but no anymore because I might mean the world to someone else. I also learned that when it hurts to look back, and I'm scared to look ahead, I can look beside me and my best friend will be there because true friendship never ends. Friends are forever. Good friends are like stars.... I come to think that it's not always easy to see them, but I know they are always there. I will never frown. I learned that is hard to know who is falling in love with my smile. What do you do when the only person who can make you stop crying is the person who made you cry? Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them. (Isn't that the truth?). Most people walk in and out of your life. But only True friends leave footprints in your heart. The most important thing to remember is... Always appreciate the friends that you have. A fight may come and go very easily, but a friendship could last forever. For every second spent in anger, a minute of happiness is wasted. My life hasn't been so easy, but I'm ready to face other challenges; because I believe life is a test. ...read more.

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