Even at this young age, I could already clearly tell I was different than everyone else; my parents had established that I was going to be getting a higher education. And to get this higher education I would have to excel in reading and writing. I lived in a strict household throughout my childhood. If I were to get a C in any class, I was to be grounded instantly. Luckily for me I have never gotten a C in my life. I have had a few close calls but never have I received a C before. I would like to give my parents that credit for constructing such a strong backbone for me.
In retrospect, I realized that there came a point that my parents did not have to enforce this rule, but instead I enforced it upon myself. This memorable moment happened while I was living in Hawaii. No longer were my parents enforcing a higher standard; I wanted it for myself. I started to implement this higher standard onto myself when I tore my ACL my junior year of high school by doing therapeutic writing to help me get through that hard time. Therapeutic writing led to the immense development in my reading and writing skills. This goes to show that there is always something good that comes out of out of something bad.
I first moved to Hawaii when I was around ten years old. At the beginning it was very calming compared to where I previously lived which was Maryland. I quickly realized I was one of the smartest students in my class. Due to poor infrastructure, the education was lacking in Hawaii. In...
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That is how writing changed my life and outlook on life. I wrote for just therapeutic measures to make myself feel better but it also did a lot more than just that. If you were to read my journal you could see the giant leap from my first entry to my last entry. The flow of words and use of vocabulary were tremendously better and, it’s just an amazing thing to see. I would not like to change anything about the tearing of my ACL because I believe that if I were to go back and change it I would not have as much want for knowledge and writing as I do now. So I would replay the tearing of my ACL over and over again knowing that I would end up in college out of state gaining more knowledge than I could ever believe. Not all sports injuries are bad after all.
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