Unmarried and childless at 26, I was an abomination to my mother. My destiny had been sealed. I was mere weeks from a forced marriage and a life designed for me by others. I knew it would kill me, but didn't resist. Russian society demanded that I sacrifice my life: it wasn't mine to begin with. I was programmed to never question the rule of others over me, to submit, and to give in.
Then, all that indoctrination flew out the window, when I met Meg. Learning that she lived her life as she wanted, and being supported by her emotionally, I saw that I too could be free! I learned to embrace my dreams and love myself. Suddenly, I had a right and obligation to stand up for myself; I could say, "no" to the bastards. My life was, in fact, mine and nobody else's!
I would never give-in again, and I was heading for war. I didn't know if I would survive, but it didn't matter. A life without me, wasn't worth living.