Halloween has had a different meeting for me the past couple years. What is normally a day where you are supposed to go out and party with friends hasn’t been that way for me in awhile.
Two years ago I was stalked. He was in my class. He harassed, followed and made advances at me. I politely denied him. But it got scarier. I had to call the cops three times and he was arrested on grounds of stalking. I had to attend two court hearings to protect myself. Finally on Halloween two years ago I was granted my safety with a restraining order against him. I didn’t go out that night to rejoice my victory. I sat held up in my room for weeks because I was so scared that he would still come after me. After awhile I was able to get back to myself.
Last year I got my heart broken, so I did what anyone else would do: I got a dog. Last year today my mom picked up my dog in Oklahoma for me. For a year now, I have had to be responsible for another life. It has been the best experience for me.
In the past two years I have had two very different Halloween experiences. But everything that has happened has made me such a different person. I am finishing college knowing that I am stronger and able to take on any challenge that comes my way.