When I was 6,
Growing up meant, well, nothing.
I was a kid and I knew no better than that.
When I was 8,
Growing up meant getting married.
My mother told me I wasn't a woman until I got married.
When I was 10,
Growing up meant physical changes.
We learnt about it in school, the boys had different classes.
When I was 12,
Growing up meant fending off my father.
The change had hardly begun, yet he made his advances.
When I was 14,
Growing up meant watching my heroes turn human.
I saw him break down and learnt the true meaning of emotions.
Now that I'm almost 16,
Growing up means survival.
Just the kiss of the blade to help me make it through the day.