When you've been fighting for it all your life
You've been struggling to make things right
That's how a superhero learns to fly
Every day, every hour
Turn the pain into power

- The Script, Superheroes

This is my story.
When I was 2 years old, my parents got divorced. Well, nothing unusual these days. When I was 3 years old, my mother left me at my grandma's. She said she would come back for me several hours later, she just needed to go shopping etc. Well, she never came back. My father refused to take look after me as well.

There are so many children with no parents. I was the lucky one because my grandparents decided to turn their home into mine as well, they became my "foster parents". They had to go through so many uncomfortable situations, they spent hours in courtrooms... but they didn't give up. My grandma went through cancer, my grandpa's heart condition got worse, BUT THEY DID NOT GIVE UP.

This happened nearly 18 years ago. And I am so grateful. I got the best education I could, I had this amazing HOME. I've always had food, clothes, my own room, many many books, those amazing trips... I now study in my dream city, I live on my own in my beautiful apartment. I am grateful that I can look back and see that my childhood was really great.

However, the story is always on my mind. When I meet someone new, it is always a little bit difficult to explain why I never talk about my parents. Telling this story all over again is not very comfortable, I never want anyone to treat me differently. It just happened and we can't change it. First I was sinking in that story, then I learned how to swim.

We all go through something really painful. And I think that this is the reason why people should stop telling bad stuff about each other. Life is not perfect, life is hard sometimes, WE ALL KNOW IT. We should treat others with respect and be kind. For one very simple reason - we never know what is happening in their lives. What gives us the right to tell someone he/she is ugly, fat, weak, stupid...? NOTHING. We all have our weaknesses, the one point that hurts. We all experience how it feels to be hurt, to be heartbroken. When we know how badly this feels, why would we want to hurt someone else? People should always remember that one simple word can feel as painful as stabbing someone with a knife.

Everything bad has a positive impact. I now know how I do NOT want to treat my beloved ones, my future children or strangers as well. It is sad that I learned this from my parents. But my grandparents taught me how to stay strong, how to deal with all the obstacles, how to be myself and how important it is to not to let others define you.

When I came to their room the other night, we were discussing relationships. And I asked my grandpa: "What would happen if I brought a girl home one day?" And he replied: "So? You would be in a relationship with a girl? I don't care. I don't care if it's a girl or a boy, as long as you're happy, I'm happy too."

Whoever you are, whatever your story is, remember that life can be hard, but there are sooo many beautiful, lovely people and moments that are worth living for.

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My grandparents gave me the best life lesson: "Your story does not define your personality. Your actions, the way you treat others, the way you stand up for them and mainly for YOURSELF, this does."