"At 5 my dad slept with someone who was not my mother
At 10 I saw my sister struggle to find comfort in others
At 14 I saw friends families fall apart
At 16 I slept with a boy who I thought had my heart
At 17 I watched my friends be abused by their boyfriends
At 18 I slept with a boy who didn’t love his girlfriend
Now at 19 I wonder why people are so obsessed with the idea of love when the love I’ve seen my whole life has been far from the stuff of dreams. A broken representation of happiness, people clinging together in order to not feel so helplessly alone."