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The Patterns of Overcoming Life Challenges

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The major pattern I noticed while reading my group member’s essays was all of our themes related to the struggles in our lives and overcoming the harshness even when times were tough, and we just wanted to quit. I think this because all of us have experienced these hurtful moments earlier in our lives making growing up a very harsh and struggling time. But we grew up and understood the situation and pushed through adversity to conquer the harshness.

The first theme that connects to the pattern of overcoming struggles was Jo’s theme from her essay “Stand up for what you believe in even if it could kill you”. When Jo was younger she was dealt with people doubting and hating her own separate beliefs and opinions because she is a preacher’s daughter, and people believe that she should follow and not go against the religious faith, but she had her views and opinions about life causing her to struggle to find her voice of opinion. But as she grew up, she began to stand up for herself in what she believed in and didn’t care what other people thought about her because her beliefs shaped her life and the decisions she made, making her the person she is today. This goes with the trend because she was impacted by how others judged her beliefs causing her to lose her voice of opinion until she got older, and she knew that she should be passionate and stand up against them.

Another theme that connected to the pattern of overcoming struggles was Kaitlyn’s theme from her essay, “When life gets hard and tough, power through the situation because it may be brighter on the other side”. When Kaitlyn was born her mother wanted nothing to do with her, and so as Kaitlyn grew up she never knew who her mother was, or what she looked like; she didn’t even know she had a father either. She was then sent to live with her grandparents in another country, and she would take care of them until sadly her grandfather had passed away making her situation even worse, and so Kaitlyn’s grandmother sent her back to America to have her stay with her mother who still refused. Later on, as Kaitlyn grew up she began praying to god and had faith that he would fix everything, and she didn’t care about the number of times she was denied because she truly loved her mother, and so eventually Kaitlyn’s mother allowed her to live with her. This goes with the pattern because her entire life was full of sorrow and misery with both the loss of not knowing her mother and death of her grandfather, but she looked at the brighter side of her life and the amazing experience she truly did have and by also putting her faith into God’s hands he brought Kaitlyn’s mother back into her life

Another theme that connected to the pattern of overcoming struggles was Kuneisha’s theme from her essay “Do what you need to do to survive”. When Kuneisha grew up her grandmother was the “backbone” of her entire family, they would spend holidays together, and she made everyone happy until she sadly passed away. Kuneisha and her family struggled to fill the void she left behind. Kuneisha said to me that because her family was lost without her, they didn’t do any holiday traditions anymore because of the deep impact she left on their lives causing dysfunction in the family, and no one knew how to solve it because her grandmother would always solve their problems. After being in total dysfunction from the loss of her grandmother Kuneisha broke through the barrier of misfortune, and so she took her grandmother’s role and became the new “backbone” of her family. Even though there were times she just wanted to quit through the frustration; she powered through it for the love of her family. This ties with the pattern because Kuneisha made the ultimate decision to step into the role and guide her family into unity.

The final theme that connects to the pattern of overcoming struggles was mine from my essay “Leaders must rise to the challenge to conquer through the harshness”. When I was little and just started playing football, I walked into a sport that I was a total outcast to the entire team, I was scrawny and would be murdered in drills and ultimately humiliated as soon as I was put up against someone. The ball would snap and I’d spring up to hit him and drive him back, and I couldn’t even move him, it was as if I was trying to move a wall; he then retaliated and shoved me right into the dirt and falling on top of me flattening me like a pancake. I’d come home crying in tears and I wanted to quit and give it all up. Until after talking with my family and forced to finish my first year of football I motivated and pushed myself to become bigger, stronger and faster. I would then kill the competition and drive them back. Throughout that entire career session, I became a leader and earn multiple awards and earned the ability to play at the next level. This ties with the pattern because I started as someone who didn’t belong because of my weakness until I had it with the beating and motivated myself to strive and get better, and I then ultimately became the big leader.

In conclusion, I believe this trend showed up in all of our writings because the major pattern while reading was all of our themes related to the struggles in our lives, and overcoming the harshness even when times were tough, and we just wanted to quit. Because these dreadful events in our lives happened at such a young age and being that young we don’t know what to do or how to act we are all lost in a barrier, and so as we grow up we think of these memories and experience. Therefore, I think these theme experiences showed up in our writing because we look back at these events and think about how far we all came to be where we are today.

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