I Inherited My Brother’s Laptop After His Suicide, What I Found On It Made Me Glad He Did It

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Andreas MøllerAndreas Møller

I lived most of my life never having to deal with a delicate situation, or any momentary thing that tried to bounce my life off track. Not only that but I spent most of my life happily with a happy family who did happy normal family things together like camping, going to fairs, vacations to the beach; one of those picture perfect families that appeared with genuine smiles in photo albums. Now that I look back, I guess my brother, Shawn, and I were spoiled with love in ways that many children weren’t and it just makes me thankful for the way that we grew up. Close.

That’s why, originally, it didn’t make sense to me at all the day that my world got shattered. I guess I could have said that I saw it coming the day I saw my brother leave his room after about a…

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The Internal Struggle With Turning 23

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Reality BitesReality Bites

In Reality Bites, Winona Ryder’s Lelaina lamented, “I was really going to be somebody by the time I was 23.” She’s not the only one who feels like a failure for being still short of extraordinary at this ripe age. I, too, felt panic set in when I turned 23 without a book deal, a marriage proposal, or even my own place. Before you brush us off as entitled brats, consider these: S. E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders when she was sixteen. Joan of Arc fought in the siege of Orleans when she was seventeen. LeBron James was drafted to the NBA with the first overall pick when he was eighteen.

“This world demands the qualities of youth,” Robert Kennedy once said. Success at a young age must be so sweet. But when you’re twenty-three, it’s more like, it’s now or never. Time is running out. You’re screwed if you have a dead-end job; you’re even more screwed…

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