My 3 brothers and I were raised by a single mom, growing up in a poor family. My father left us when I was 4 years old, when my mother was pregnant from my younger brother.

I have seen and lived that suffering during my youth. For a while during my teenage years, I had low self-esteem and didn’t make many friends.

Back then I thought these life experiences were a curse.

I was wrong.

I’m much stronger today because of it. It took years to realize, and I hope your message will spread because you are correct.

And I know many people have not yet realized that their “curse” is a “blessing in disguise”.

I don’t recommend seeking suffering, but being aware of it, accepting it, and acting upon it makes all the difference.

dannyforest.com <- my new home. I don’t write on Medium anymore.

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