The Universe : My Life

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Growing up, my parents were young. They had me when they were only teenagers and made an arrangement with my grandparents. Until my parents felt like they could handle me, my grandfather would be my caretaker. He and I would explore the world, learning about plant species, animals, science, and math. We would have outings to the Cascades, hike trails, and learn about the wildlife roaming areas. Summer nights, we would stargaze and learn about the cosmos. We spent years collecting issues of “Secrets of the Universe: Your Guide to the Cosmos.” He was the smartest, most knowledgeable person I knew. I learned more with him in those years than I did in school. He was my best friend, my mentor, and he was the most important person in my life. A month before I started high school, things changed. He died. Not only did I lose support, I lost my most fervent connection to knowledge and my only real friend. I was lost, depressed, and made a purposeful effort to secluded myself. I spent most of my time skipping classes with friends or going home to be alone in my room. For several long years, I surrounded myself with people who would rather get high than do anything else. I became lethargic and did not care about the future I was setting myself up for. The stars in my life were gone. Senior year came around and I couldn’t get myself out of the rut I had become so familiar with. I wasn’t ready to graduate. I quit. I started working construction. As time passed, I grew sick of working
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