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Can people change?

I remember that day so clearly. The rain, the walk from school. I walked in the house and sensed a very somber disposition in my dad. He asked me to sit down. At this point I really didn’t know what to think; so much was going through my mind. Tears—my dad’s eyes were tearing up. Why? Then it came. A gift; a silver necklace that to me was the most exquisite thing I have ever seen.  Why the gift? It wasn’t my birthday nor was any special event taking place. Then I realized the

Clear the past and move on!

Life happens. It happens whether or not we feel ready for it. It happens whether we are young or old. I decided to share some of my traumatic experiences I encountered because they do happen. These experiences do not have to define us or limit our lives. Can we still see the good? Can we still feel life full of opportunities? My story is one of many out there, but not one story is the same. I am not going to pretend that any of this is easy. It wasn't for me and there were