It is a well-known fact our families are one of the guiding factors that shape our personalities while we’re growing up. Parents raise us to the best of their abilities, but these abilities may vary, and some poor kids grow up in more than unwanted household situations. Recently, Dawson, an LA-bases genderqueer writer shared a story about how growing up with mentally unstable parents can shape your personality and can even turn you into a person who over analyzes.

“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. The 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 Bored Panda on his experiences of abusive parents and living in poverty as a kid.

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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

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Many people were touched by Dawson’s text