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Be careful what you wish for. And be doubly careful when you put that intention permanently on your skin in ink.

“Freedom”. It was my first tattoo. And has been my heart’s innermost desire for as long as I can remember. Responsibility weighed heavily on me since I got the promotion to adulthood at age twelve after my mother’s death.

It’s not that I didn’t have a childhood or experience teenage years — I just…