But, is it wrong that once in a while, I would like to enjoy the attention of others, despite my life right now? Is it wrong to want to feel wanted? To … fantasise?
Instead of cancelling the drinks plan, I went ahead to meet that stranger. I wanted to tape off that negative emotion. I wanted my presence and existence to be acknowledged. I wanted to feel like I mean something to someone.
Yes, the virus stays in my body but it is treatable not like HPV which can cause cancer and HIV which is life threatening.
Here are the things I’ve learned and lived with along the way with each one of you.
Looking good comes not just from being clean, tidy and well-groomed. It’s also important to invest time and attention in our mental and emotional wellbeing also.
Pa, no one can be you. I never appreciated what you had left for me until I was 20, high and on my balcony and broken-hearted trying to find your number to tell you what was wrong, and you consoling me saying, “It’s OK, life happens and I’m here for you.” But here’s the thing… you’re not here, Pa.
So to all the girls out there who are fighting a battle similar to mine, you are not alone. Please remember that even though it is not completely your fault, you still have a right to your dignity and life. Never let trash bring you down.