It is Hard to Overcome an Instinct of Survival

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MARCH, 2017

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Part 2 of Hayden’s Story
He stopped paying for my private school education.

I saw that it would be a huge burden on my mother and my stepdad to try and pay for my tuition and my sister’s as well. She also went to the same private school as I did, but with some financial help. I never fit in at that school. I was bullied all the time because I wasn’t country or a football player. My sister was also bullied.

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In my opinion, all of those kids, who bullied us, knew that we were different and better than them. So they tried to keep us down. They thought that we were made of money because my grandparents own a limousine company. What those kids didn’t understand is that if those limos were in the drive way, then there was no money coming in the mail and there was little that we could do “money-wise”.
I have always looked up to my grandparents as well as my mom. All three are super hard workers. And they would work themselves to death if it meant that my sister and I would benefit from it. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. After my mother divorced my dad, while he was in jail, we moved in and lived with them for three years. I remember that and loved it. I spent all day with my Nana and my Grandad.

That’s why today it is very hard for me to socialize with my generation.

I didn’t have a lot of interactions with other kids though. Later on when I did, they bullied me or I was getting hurt up or beating them up. That’s why today it is very hard for me to socialize with my generation. I grew up always having to watch out for kids my age trying to bully me or beat me up. I’m way more comfortable around female adults. Reason being is that a woman has never hurt me, mentally or physically. I think that’s why I find it hard to talk to girls my age because I feel as though I am still a little kid, who is watching over his shoulder and trying to survive. I hate being in a room filled with all boys or grown men. There is somewhat of a survival instinct that comes over me and I want to rip every guy’s head off that I am in the room with. It’s not that I hate men and show it, but it’s hard to overcome an instinct of survival that has been in me since the age of four.

I didn’t have a lot of interactions with other kids though. Later on when I did, they bullied me or I was getting hurt up or beating them up. That’s why today it is very hard for me to socialize with my generation. I grew up always having to watch out for kids my age trying to bully me or beat me up. I’m way more comfortable around female adults. Reason being is that a woman has never hurt me, mentally or physically. I think that’s why I find it hard to talk to girls my age because I feel as though I am still a little kid, who is watching over his shoulder and trying to survive. I hate being in a room filled with all boys or grown men. There is somewhat of a survival instinct that comes over me and I want to rip every guy’s head off that I am in the room with. It’s not that I hate men and show it, but it’s hard to overcome an instinct of survival that has been in me since the age of four. To this day, I do not have a single friend who is within 5 years of my age. They are all older. I can socialize with them because of spending so much of my time around adults, mainly women. I love women with a deep passion. My mother makes fun of me because my favorite show is the Golden Girls. It just reminds me of the funny older women who have been in my life. It’s’ not a sexual thing, even though I am very much attracted to women. Women have just been nicer to me than men have.

HAYDEN PARSONS

HAYDEN PARSONS

Student, Fighter, & Journalist | Arlington High School

Student and Community Supporter. He will either be the next big name in boxing or the next big name on ESPN!

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