a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.
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When I was 14 years old I had to decide which parent would be better to live with. This was not because someone asked me to but it was because outside of the drama, I was the only one who actually realized I had a choice at that point. The judge actually decided my fate anyway, calling my mother unfit to have custody and all visitation needed to be supervised but before that verdict, I had to make the choice mentally and emotionally on my own.
I had two choices, one choice was to live with my mother, who wasn’t really concerned about my well-being at the point because she was so wrapped up in her own life and individuality and the second choice was to stay with my dad, who was strict, enforced rules, curfews and was strict overall. Now, if I would have left with my mother, I would have been able to do anything I wanted like staying out really late, hanging out with anyone I wanted, no one to check up on me or check in, sleep out anywhere, no questions asked and it would probably have been the time of my life but I would feel empty and I would miss my dad. If I stayed with my dad, I would have to be home after school, I would have responsibilities, obligations and I would have to follow boundaries and limitations that were specifically set for my dad. For a 14-year-old girl, the decision would be easy.
I chose to stay with my dad and so did the judge who granted him full custody but mentally I had made up my mind and I never felt like it was a mistake. It turned out my mother wasn’t interested in staying in contact with us anyway because it has been 13 years since I have been able to be in the same vicinity as her. Follow a child’s intuition, I suppose.
I do feel that I chose a road less travel because it wasn’t the easy way, it wasn’t a short cut to being an adult. I know that if I would have chosen the alternate life with my mother, I would have grown up really fast, made a lot of mistakes and would not be sitting here to tell about it. Til’ this day, I know that I made the right decision in my heart and my father sacrificed a lot and worked really hard to make me the person I am today.
If I was given the choice to take the road less traveled again, I would. I will never veer off this track.