Caught in a wave of self-doubt.
Banned from a parent’s house, and fighting for refuge in Europe.
I moved out the summer before high school, and it’s a decision I still struggle with.
I hardly ever speak to my family, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
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