A Cougar Cub’s Survival

I was only eight years old when the whole world changed for me. My mother and father were getting a divorce. At the time, I didn’t understand all that was happening to my family, but now I do. This one life-altering event changed who I was and who I have become. The man I once called Daddy was gone from my life by a bad choice he made. Thinking about all the things he won’t share in my life, because of the choices made long ago. He left my sister, my mom, and me alone and devastated. My mom had no money, no job and no home. I watched as my mom cried when she thought no one was looking, but I was. She always shows strength and courage.

Being raised by a single parent has made me realize that life can change at the drop of a hat. I know what I do not want in a man. Looks aren’t everything. Don’t get me wrong, its nice if you get that too. I look at a person’s heart and soul through their actions. My mom gave me a saying someone gave her and she said it suited me, so here it is. “Like an astronaut counting down before launch. A racehorse stomping at the gate. An archer’s arrow trembling just before release. My dream is to unleash my potential. Ready or not world, here I come.” Thank you whoever wrote that. Get out in the world and unleash your full potential. All of the events of my past have made me a stronger, more independent, motivated, success driven woman.



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