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 care of me as well.

There are so many children with no parents. I was the lucky one because my grandparents took care of me, 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 13 years ago. I am really grateful, I got the best education I could, I had this amazing HOME. I've always had food, clothes, my proper room, books, 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.

The story is always present. 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 can be really hard and WE ALL KNOW IT. We should treat others with respect, we should always be kind, 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, that makes us want to cry. 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 loved ones, my future children or strangers as well. It is sad that I learned this from my parents. But my grandparents learned me how to stay strong, how to deal with all the obstacles. They learned me how to be myself and how important it is not to let others define you.

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

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YOU CAN OVERCOME YOUR FEARS AND ALL THE PAIN.
YOU CAN.
NEVER GIVE UP.

My grandparents did not give up. You can do this too. 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.

TURN THE PAIN INTO POWER.