Mickhail - USA
Entered on October 6, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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I believe in facing adversity; all of the great people whom have left a legacy behind have overcome adversity. Thousands of average people face adversity every day, such as the people of New Orleans.

Put yourself in the situation, running to the second floor window of your mother’s bedroom. Just as you and your four-year-old sister cross the threshold, your mother slams the door shut behind you. Trying to hold back raw sewage and mixed rainwater she yells “OPEN THE WINDOW, CLIMB TO THE ROOF!” You climb through the window, grasp at the rough asphalt shingles. You pull your self up then reach for your sister’s hand you pull her up too with a force so great that the rough shingle creates a small elastration on her chest. Now, laying stomach down with your head and right arm over the edge of the roof, you wait for your mother’s hand. Beneath you, you feel the house tremble, and like a knife the fear stabs you in the heart. All of a sudden her head appears and, looking into each other’s eyes you, suddenly forget everything else that’s going on around you. The wind stops, the rain stops, and you even forget why you are on the roof. All you can concentrate on is the look in your mother’s eyes, bringing your mind back to all the wonderful times you experienced together. Then that moment is gone in an instance as a surge of water forces the window to slam on her head. Now, lying still as cold wet bullets fall from the sky pelting your back, you crawl over to your sister, who you think has already fallen asleep. You try to do the same. However, all you can think of is how your mother would still be alive if you have gotten up a little faster. The sound of an angel’s wings cutting through the wind wakes you up. You open your eyes to find out it is a helicopter.

Such an adverse experience, could either cause one can chooses to live a troubled life, or these bumps in one’s life can motivate them to better their life. Some of the greatest legacies left by people were the results of them facing adversity. For example, Martian Luther King Jr, he faced so many adversities that he died before he had a chance to live out his dream, yet his efforts turned country is a better place.

I believe in facing adversity because it has the power to heal and make the world a better place. Adversity has purpose, even the most tragic of adverse moments. Adversity is defined as 1) misfortunes: hardship and suffering; 2) adverse happening: an extremely unfavorable experience or event. I believe the true meaning of adversity is hardship, suffering, and unfavorable experiences brought upon one’s self with the purpose to motivate.