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Can I Write About Something Traumatic Without it Sounding Like a Sob Story?

charliechaplincharliechaplin 0 replies1 threads New Member
When I was 15, I got into an abusive relationship. I'm not going to explain every little detail, but it really impacted me. However, I did learn from it. I grew as a person after that ordeal and I believe that I am better now for it. I want to connect this experience to the idea that "giving up" on dreams isn't always a bad thing. As teenagers do, I thought I would spend my life with him. However, after the fact, I realized that it was okay for me to leave; it was okay for me to give up on that dream of mine in order to shape my own happiness. I have never been the type of person to give up; I've always been very determined and goal-oriented, so this lesson changed my life. I shifted the stale dreams I'd had in order to pursue goals that would actually make a good life for me.

Is it okay to incorporate that experience into my essay?
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