My parents divorced when I was 7. I had to help take care of my little sister and clean house. At the age of 15 I was working an going to school. I also paid my own bills. I still do! (:

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kids and bills

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Adversity in many forms and the results of corrective measures that were sometimes successful and many times not. <br />
Also consistently maintaining a circle of acquaintances and friends who were in many ways more intelligent and worldly increased my total awareness. You cannot progress and learn from dumb people.

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the death of my son

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People that I have met have matured me more than anything else could. The experiences the people in my life and I have shared, the situations they have inflicted or gifted me with, the stories they have shared with me; all of these things have shaped my mental growth.

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the fact that my dad was verbally and physically abusive and whenever i would act like a child, i would have to deal with the consequences.

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Being humbled. I was fired from a job I thought I was excellent in. Well, that taught me to grow up mentally.

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Being alone a lot as a child and having a mom who wasn't affectionate probably jump started that process a bit. I had to learn to take care of most of my own needs, and I turned to music and reading and pretend play. All of that gave me a good imagination and the ability to entertain myself. I think it also made me more interested in the things around me, which made me enjoy learning all the more. But it was a bumpy ride sometimes. I learned about quite a few things just too early for my emotional well being.

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nothing apparently

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