Learn to be Your own Support System

Circumstance forced me into a corner for the first two decades of my life. I was born female, into a family from Iran. I am the older sister of two younger brothers. I picked up my father’s stubborn-headedness.

I grew up in a world that my parents tried to protect me from. When I look back on their parenting, I’m not mad or bitter. No one is given a manual on parenting in a country with a culture they are unfamiliar with. But their lack of expertise and tough love tactics pushed me into the world where I had support myself.

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