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The Challenge

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Name: Marissa Sim (23) Class: S208 Subject: English The Challenge In life, I am absolutely positive that we all face challenges at a certain point. In fact, life itself has always been a challenge to many, and I will not deny that fact. However, it is the various challenges and how you overcome them that make each challenge a special part in your life. I have been through good times and bad times. Yet all my life, I have never backed down from an obstacle in my life, yet this time, I wanted to fall asleep and never open my eyes again. This was a challenge that in my opinion was virtually impossible to overcome. It had all happened to quickly... It had been just another lazy Sunday morning. The sun shone brightly through my bedroom window. The smell of burnt toast wafted into my room, as I groaned and rolled out of bed. I slowly climbed into the shower, turned it on cold then let the water drip down my body. I emerged just a few minutes later, put on my clothes and headed downstairs for breakfast. My father greeted me with a half smile, half frown. "Not again!" I exclaimed. My father shrugged absent-mindedly as he took a bite of the charred toast. All I needed was to see my mother's deadly stare to prevent me from saying anymore. ...read more.


As I tried to concentrate on tidying my room, my mind refused to focus as I was still questioning the identity of the women. Hushed tones and whispers could barely be heard, as I pressed my ear against the door, trying to hear what was being said. "We know you're listening. Come down now..." my mother's voice trailed off, as I smiled to myself, knowing how close I was to my mother. However, the smile was immediately swept off my face, upon seeing the look of seriousness on my parent's faces. I bit my lower lip in uncertainty and suspicion, as I my mother signaled for me to sit down. My mother's face grew stern and she inhaled deeply. "There's something we've been meaning to tell you," I nodded in understanding. However, as my mother continued, my excitement turned to shock then anger, as I finally found out who that woman was - my biological mother. It turns out that she had put me up for adoption when I was only five months old as a result of an illegitimate relationship with my biological father. She claimed that unable to financially and emotionally support me, she decided to put me up for adoption for my own good. She wanted to let me have a good life, a bright future, but she could not give it to me. ...read more.


It was almost as if an angel and demon were in my thoughts, battling each other. This was no doubt the most difficult challenge in my life. Was I going to let my emotions take charge of me, or was I going to overcome this challenge of forgiving, forgetting and understanding. Was I going to achieve personal growth and step up to the challenge, or was I going to let my world crash down on me? This challenge sounded simple, yet, it was so complex and behind it so complicated. I could hear the gentle tapping on the door, followed by my 'parents' and mother's voices. They wanted me to know that I they were sorry, and that they were begging for my forgiveness. They wanted me to know that they wanted me to understand their difficulties. They wanted me to go out so that they could explain things to me. I wanted to step up to this challenge. But was I emotionally prepared to do this? I sat in my room, lying on my bed, thinking. I sat there as I sorted out my thoughts on the bed. It was too much for me to handle. I just could not take it and broke down yet again. Downstairs, I heard the door slam, and my 'parents' notified me of my mother's departure. This was a challenge that I was unable to overcome. This was a challenge that I had failed to conquer. This was a challenge that I would remember for the rest of my life. (1434 words) ...read more.

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