The Greatest Obstacle Of My Life

900 WordsOct 20, 20154 Pages
In describing the greatest obstacle in my life I need to first convey my definition of obstacle. As I view the word obstacle, it is an impediment or difficult circumstance that causes you to negotiate your way, it is not a barrier that cannot be overcome. The bible teaches us in John 16:33 that “in this world you will have trouble”. Throughout my life there have been obstacles that created defining moments for me. So therefore my greatest obstacle has been a series of life events that have brought me to where I am today. Those events include the embarrassment of not being able to read, perceived rejection of my mother, hostility toward my grandparent, unacceptable play on the basketball court, demands for higher grades and the lack of financial resources to attend college. Paraphrasing Ruth B. Love (1983 Horatio Alger Award Winner) “you can transcend your circumstances, no matter how difficult they are. Surviving is not enough. You have to go beyond your obstacles and blossom”. ( "Horatio Alger Association Member Information." Horatio Alger Association Member Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Sept. 2014) I recall my first obstacle at age four, while playing a game with my cousins who were a few years older, but smaller in size and they called me dumb because I could not read. I cried and begged my grandfather to help me learn to read. I was determined to learn how to read and it didn’t take long before I was reading. Because of that adversity reading is my favorite pastime.

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