I Believe in Pulling Through

Isaiah - McHenry, Illinois
Entered on May 7, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe that a person can pull through anything that happens in their life, no matter how depressing or how traumatic the incident might be. In a person’s life, there will be trials and obstacles that will occur that sometimes are inevitable. These trials present an opportunity for the person to show who they really are, and how well they will deal with stressful situations. In my experience it is always the people who can put themselves back together after an emotional incident who are more reliable rather than the people who carry it with them as a burden throughout their entire life and letting it hinder everything that they do.

When I was a junior in high school in 2008, at the age of seventeen, I was having difficulty with my mom, because I had an attitude. My mom would ask me to do some chores but I didn’t want to do them. I would do them anyway, but with lots of grumbling and complaining. My mom grew tired of my attitude. It finally got to the point where she lost it, and she called the cops on me. I packed my bags and moved in with my youth pastor. My youth pastor, pastor, and I arranged a meeting with my mom and her fiancée (after I left her new boyfriend moved into the house, whom she married two months after meeting him) to discuss reintegration back into the home, since my mom had made no attempt to contact me. My mom pretty much gave us an ultimatum: either I would come back to the house and follow a strict set of guidelines she had written down for me, or I would pretty much be emancipated, and she would cut off my subsidy. She and her fiancé were so angry that I pretty much almost broke down. I cringed at the sight of their anger. I didn’t want to go back to the house under those circumstances and also not know the man that I was living with. So I moved in to my youth pastor’s house, hoping that things would settle down and we would be able to try to figure something out again. The move ended up being permanent. All this took place during the school year, so I had to deal with stressful days, and not getting all of my homework done. I also ended up not being able to attend summer football camp, because of the move. I didn’t start until a little bit already into the season. But even through all of this, I managed to keep my grades up and not go into so much emotional distress that everyone else had to deal with it. I managed to pull through, with help. Even without help, I managed to make my own decisions. This I believe: anything that happens in a person’s life can be gotten through; all they need to do is stand strong.