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All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

My name is Ofelia but I'll answer to Maiden, it doesn't make much of a difference either way.

I’ve always been at a loss as to what to say to fill these boxes. How am I supposed to talk about myself when I’m still not entirely sure who I am? I’m not convinced anyone ever fully knows who they are as a person but there are a few things I am sure of at this point. I have a deep and abiding love for history and books, for linguistics, and for academia. Ever since I was a child, books have been there for me when people weren’t. I found my peers in the thick nonfiction tomes that detailed the accounts of the past in such profound light a profound light, enrapturing my young mind. I found my peers in those books. In a time where knowledge was power and your worth was measured by languages spoken and philosophers read; that was my home, that was where I felt I truly belonged. I immersed myself in books; history became my best friend and closest confidante. History is everything to me; it is a passion so deep that I cannot concisely put it into words. I feel the loss of ancient artifacts, relics, and sites to my very bones and I find such joy and solace in antique tomes and manuscripts in such a deep way; nothing in the world touches me so deeply. However, that being said, I want to travel the world, see all those breathtaking sights that to this day I've only read about. Currently, I'm working on getting my foot in the door of the medical field though. I'm hoping to become a Certified Nurse Midwife because my other love is science and medicine.

Alyssa, if anyone deserves to be mentioned here, it's definitely you. You are my best friend. You are the proof that internet friends can be just as real as so-called real life friends because you're as real as anyone could possibly be. I love you so much, Alyssa. You've been there for me through so much loss and heartache and so many good things too. You're so kind and sweet and generous, you're the best friend a person could ask for. You know pretty much everything about me, everything that's happened, but despite that, you have always been my cheerleader, even when you were the only one cheering. You've never shied away from setting me straight when I've gone awry, even if I didn't want to be. I sleep easier knowing I can always count on you to be there for me through the good times and the bad. I've never understood the term ride or die until I met you.

My sister from another mister, you're my ride or die, Alyssa. Til the end.

"People think your soulmate is a perfect fit and that’s what everyone wants. A true soulmate is a mirror. A person who shows you everything that is holding you back. A person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soulmate is probably the most important person you will ever meet because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soulmate forever, no. That’s too painful. Soulmates come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you and then leave. A soulmate’s purpose is to shake you up. Tear apart your ego a little bit. Show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so that new light can get in. Make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform and on the other side of that is wisdom."

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