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What I did in 2009 and how did it affect me?

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Question 2 : Write an essay entitled " The greatest challenge faced in 2009 and the lessons learnt. " When one is faced with multiple challenges, one tends to often succumb to the two words - giving up. However, there would always be a particular challenge that puts people to the test, and it is up to themselves on whether they are set and willing to give up certain things just to overcome this huge obstacle they have just come across. Every year, I would face many challenges like every other human being on this planet. It is often, during a certain time of the year, when a challenge which is posed as its biggest would rear its ugly head again. Often, I would tend to turn towards the negative side of things and feel like giving up, but so far, I have not. In 2009, nevertheless, there was another huge obstacle that awaited me. It was none other than death. Like any other teenager, my life was filled with many major problems that I often had to solve and try to break through the tough time. Being faced with multiple problems and worries at the same time, stress slowly began to eat its way into my head without my knowledge. ...read more.


Fear gripped me as I was unsure of what my next step should be. Seeing that there seemed to no longer be any more options, I chose the craziest and most un-apt way to run away and cower from all my problems. I was serious when I thought about dying. Being paranoid about feeling pain or regret in the midst of dying, I had gone online to search for the top ten easiest and most painless ways to die. I told no one about my huge plan, I wanted them to feel desolate and guilty for making me turn to this one and only option of running away. Running away from all my problems, running away from everyone, running away from everything. Every single thing I had ever lived for. Yet, I began having second thoughts about ending my life. I constantly asked myself " There are so many things out there that I haven't seen, haven't done, is it worth it to throw my life away because of all those useless people; is it wise to do so?"; "This is my own life, why let their opinions affect me?" For two weeks, I thought, and thought, and thought[9 . To others ( mainly teachers ) , I looked as though I was daydreaming ( maybe I was just good at keeping my thoughts inside safe and sound ). ...read more.


It was not as though I was very influential and the world would hold a ceremony for my death. From this entire incident which nearly cost me my life, I have learnt that it is never wise to think that suicide is the best solution to all our problems. In fact, it is the worst solution anyone can ever come up with. It is only an act of cowardice, something that most people would turn against. If we have been chosen with the golden opportunity to live, why not just live? We should not let this slip away from us, but make the best out of our lives. If we have any problems which lash out at us constantly, causing us to be both vulnerable and having difficulties to keep our emotions in check, we should learn to turn to someone for help instead of bottling everything within ourselves. Massive challenges tend to make us do the silliest of things, just because we want to run away and not solve the problem. Eventually, the only person that is hurt throughout this entire process is ourself. I am lucky to have turned against suicide at the last moment, and here I am, able to pass on my knowledge of what I had gone through the darkest moments of my life. Hopefully, this knowledge of mine would refrain others from committing this silly mistake I nearly made. 4th January 2010 ...read more.

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