I have moved into some apartments in Stone Oak so that I could live closer to family. By family, I mean my brother. We were the only two people left in our once-small family. My parents had left this earth many years earlier. I am lucky that he and I have always been so close. I don’t know what I will do if I ever lose him, too. Moving closer to him opened up a new world to me because I got to meet his friends that he had been hanging around with for a very long time. They were certainly a lot better than the people I had been hanging around with back where I used to live. It was a wonderful surprise when one of them asked me out one night.
I was always the troublemaker growing up. I knew that my parents would go frustrated with how rebellious I was. But they loved me just as much as they could. They were wonderful parents. When they passed away, I was angry and sad. I started acting out even more. I have no idea what I was rebelling against because your life doesn’t get better by simply acting out. Life gets better only when you take a step back and realize that getting angry over all of the things that you can’t control in life. That is what I was doing by moving to live near my brother. Getting away from the bad friends I had and looking for a fresh start.
Living near my sibling showed me how together he was in life. He worked hard at his job, loved his wife and daughter. He did things the way you are supposed to. I began to follow in his footsteps. Over time, one of his friends took an interest in me and we have been dating for a year. Life is different now.