Our family shapes our personalities and we love them the most. But every kid grew up in a different situation. While some children have a sweet childhood, some have to deal with unwanted household situations.

Recently, an LA-based genderqueer, Dawson shared a story about how children growing up with mentally unstable parents see life. 

“I’ve been writing since I was old enough to spell, it is at the core of who I am as a person. I always joke that I write my tangled experiences and feelings into straight lines…which is why I write so much about my personal experiences from abusive relationships. It’s self-reflection and catharsis and storytelling and poetry and sharing. Sharing is important to me. Sometimes people write to tell me how much something I wrote impacted them or clarified something for them and that’s one of my biggest goals in my writing…for people to know they aren’t alone. Lonely as life can be…we’re out here. We’re surviving. And sometimes…that’s all you have to do. Stand up and say “I survived. You can too.” That’s the best I have to offer, I think,” Dawson told us. 

Dawson is a California-based writer who received a lot of attention online after sharing a short text

The story reflects on how growing up with mentally unstable parents can shape your personality

Many people were touched by Dawson’s text