Nelson Mandela said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’’ My mother was that ”brave man“ who didn’t let fears get in her way. My mother taught me to become a strong woman and to have courage in my life. She was the one who educated me to lead a successful journey. Now, here I am telling the story of how my mother influenced me to become the young women I am today. At the age of 34, my mom came to America with her three children and a husband. Since she had little knowledge, USA was challenging for her. My mother, did not know how to speak or write in English, therefore she had to find a way to survive this new world. She made sure that she did not let fear get in the way. Every day she woke up in the morning, and prepared her children for school and explored the new world. While exploring the new town of Brooklyn, my mother would hear people speaking different languages like Cantonese, English, or Arabic, but it did not stop her from trying to communicate with people or take city buses that would take her anywhere. From the experiences that she had encountered; hence, she gained wisdom and courage. Also, she was determined to do anything she wanted, so my mother didn’t let fear get in the way. My mother’s experience has taught me important lessons of life. If it was not for my mother, I would have lived in fear all
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In the fall of 2012, my mother almost succumbed to her illness. I had just begun my freshman year of high school midst angry conversations between my parents and the threat of separation. It would seem as if they bickered about the most irrelevant things, almost as if they had no other reason to fight other than the fight itself. Those moments were excruciatingly lonely, my father worked until the dead of night and my mother would come home exhausted from treatment. I now know that there was no one who felt more unvalued than my mother. I wish I had the ability to iron away this blunder that destiny had fabricated, however foolish this desire is.
One weekend, we had decided to clean out the house to surprise my mother. My father found papers stashed away that revealed theft charges; my mother had stolen medication when she substituted for the nurse in my elementary school. I remember my dad scouring the house for more evidence, even finding a stash of pill bottles under their mattress. She had another court date coming up that he learned about, just a few weeks before a family trip to Disney. Shortly after that hearing, my family took our last vacation as a whole, knowing that a key member would be lost to us the Monday after our return; she was going into work-release for two months. Before the end of those sixty days, my father learned that my mother had been unfaithful. Their marriage ended, and at eleven and nine, my sister and I said what we didn't realize would be goodbye to our mother for a great while. Her drug abuse continued, and months of time would pass between visits. We saw that sweet, ideal mother devolve into an addict. This loss has shaped me greatly, and it has taught me integrity, strength of character, and great love for others; without these things, my mother cost herself her family and
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