I know what you're thinking. How could anyone rebel the wrong way? Its very simple really, all you need to do is be a teenager and take up a cause that follows very little logic.
I don't kow exactly what age I was. I just know that I had to have been a teenager to be this stupid.
So everyone has that moment where they take a stand against one of their parents. Maybe it has something to do with their friends, their life choices, or whatever. My stand was actually for a serious topic.
This was after my parents split up. The divorce went through and it was settled on shared custody. Every week my sisters and I would pack our bags and move from house to house. We didn't really have a lot of stuff so to say, but the family dynamic changed. I found it hard to create a space that was my own refuge when it kept changing every week. To add to that, both my parents were dating again, but even quicker was my dad. My dad's girlfriend and her son was pretty much moving in and I was sharing a room with my soon to be stepbrother. Now for some personal context, there was word that my dad might've had an affair with a lady from work that lived in Texas. When this reached my mom some serious drama happened. It was like straight out of a Degrassi episode or some shit. I'll save that for the podcast. I never found out if it was true or not, but guess where my dad knew his new girlfriend from and guess where she used to live. Yup.
Now my sisters and I weren't too keen on my dad's girlfriend and her son. Especially with the scandal floating in the air at the time. I'm also pretty sure they didn't like us either, due to how we were treating them.
So while things were getting settled, my dad got to keep the house while my mother was living out of a trailer. Now I've never went against my parents before, but even how stupid my decision sounds, I stand by it.
It happened on one of the days I was supposed to go back to my dad's. But for some reason I had a lot of built up anger, and I just knew I didn't want to go back. I just needed some space, and its not that I was just uncomfortable with my dad's girlfriend. I was, but my mom was also seeing someone as well who was to be my future stepdad.
When it was time to go back to my dad's I refused. My mother wanted me to go because of legal reasons me staying could've caused some problems. This was followed up by an awkward phone call with several moments of silence. In the end my dad lets me stay. Now I know this sounds like a triumph on my end, and you're not sure where the stupid part is. Well here it is.
In the divorce my mother got a plot of land. Our house was located next door to my grandparents and so she set her tailer on that plot of land. So my rebellion and complaining about moving from house to house, was literally over moving next door every week. LITERALLY.
But after all that I think the space I had from them made the adjustment a lot better. I think my relationship with my dad is a lot better for it too. Still, looking back, my logic for that was extremely ridiculous