My teenage life was different because my parents were abusive. I didn't have many friends because I wasn't allowed to go anywhere except to school, monitored extracurriculars (where my parents sat and watched my every move), or church functions. I was also not allowed to have friends over to my place. My (step)dad made me go to the gym regularly, and constantly harassed me for being fat, and said that I would never get a husband because I wasn't pretty enough. Thanks to my thyroid disorder, which was not medicated at the time, I gained weight despite struggling with bulimia and having a strenuous workout regimen.
Dad referred to the garage as the "dungeon", and that's where he'd hit me because it muffled the screaming. The church we went to condoned child abuse as a way to keep children pure, because through some biblical verse or another, it says that beating kids was a good way to keep them out of trouble and a good way to drive the devils away.
I was raped by my boyfriend when I was seventeen, and we got engaged shortly afterwards (That's what the Bible said to do.
). I never told my parents that was how I lost my virginity. I still blame myself for allowing it to happen.
My parents goaded me into taking out large student loans for college, then slowly siphoned it away under the guise of "rent", despite making me take full time classes, work a part-time job, and expected me to still get dinner on the table and keep the house cleaned. I wound up being overloaded and failed out, and I'm 10k in the hole because of it.
I almost died when I was in college because I developed polycystic ovarian syndrome and hemorrhaged blood for three months (Looking back, it might have been a miscarriage. I'm not sure). Instead of taking me to a doctor, they simply took me to the church and tried to pray it away. Eventually my grandparents noticed and got on Mom's case until she took me to a gyno. Then she argued with the doctor because he wanted me to go on birth control, and she flat said that she'd rather me die than sin like that. The doctor was pretty smart though, and I went on a more expensive pill cocktail that did the exact same thing.
So yeah, I had a different childhood, and it still bothers me sometimes.
"I don't know how I do it. I'm like the Mr. Bean of sex." -Drunkscriblerian