My Greatest Challenge Essay

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According to Mother Teresa, “If you judge someone, you have no time to love them.” I first saw this quote when it was posted on my ninth-grade classroom wall, and I absolutely despised it. Actually, I hated Mother Teresa’s intention with it, but I knew that the quote’s veracity was inarguable. I felt that it was better to judge people so as not to have to love them, because some people don’t deserve a chance. Judgments are like walls built to keep people away. I had built a castle instead of just one wall. Two days before my freshman year in high school was about to start I was slammed with an announcement that still hurts me to this day. It will hurt me for the rest of my life. My parents had brought me into the living room before school and broke the devastating news. They were getting divorced. I felt my heart break as soon as I heard them utter the word. I started crying uncontrollably and just did not know what to do. I hated them, I hated myself, and I hated everybody else too. My first day of school was the worst day of school I’ve ever had. I was in such a daze from the events just two short days ago that I couldn’t even concentrate one time the whole day. I remember people trying to talk to me and I couldn’t even muster a complete sentence to answer them. I just wanted to be left alone. I wanted to desolate myself from the world at all costs. For the first few months of school I wouldn’t even lift my head up to see what was in front of me. I didn’t want to be seen by anyone. The pain and confusion coupled with the stress from school was driving me to insanity. I wanted to wake up from this awful nightmare I was in. I just wanted my life go back to normal. Rachel was my dad’s first girlfriend after my parents’ divorce. The first several months of our relationship were characterized solely by my hatred toward her, manifested in my hurting her, each moment

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