When I was a kid, I always resented their decision
to raise me in
such a rural, removed area. My upbringing, however,was far
from isolated as we traveled extensively throughout my childhood.
Mom and dad surrounded me with books and music;
in my home, seeking knowledge was always supported.
I never realized it at the time,
but my upbringing was far more intellectual than any of my childhood friends.
High school was the first time that I began to acknowledge this
as the reason I felt so disconnected from my peers.
I spent much of high school feeling torn and confused with my true personality.
My attributes did not seem to be the ones gaining recognition by my peers.
Although extrememly athletic and able to mix with the mainstream population,
I never felt satisfied nor whole during this period.
My parents enabled me to endure this period.
Looking back, I do not regret having struggled
during these difficult fromative years;
this experience grants me my personal identity.
I feel stronger about who I am and what I represent.
Mom and dad were always supportive and practical
about me, my struggles, and my aspirations.