Adversity - Essay

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Mark Haver
March 5, 2012
Period 3 MW
AP English
Argument Essay
Adversity has a way of bringing up challenges unexpectedly, most people shrink away from it and get consumed, but when they push through it people come out stronger than they were before. Throughout history there has always been adversity, even today there are people who struggle to cope with it in their everyday lives, but some are able to overcome it as individuals and move on. But sometimes there are situations so adverse it takes more than one person to overcome mentally and/or physically. One of the greatest examples of more than one person coming together and over coming adversity would be the Romans. They started out as a small group of people in a small village surrounded by a hostile, unforgiving environment and the hostile tribes of natives that were already there. But instead of falling apart, they decided to fight back and push through their hardships. After many years of expanding and campaigning, they became the most powerful nation of their time, which goes to prove that adversity can be overcome if people come together as one and they believe victory can be achieved over the seemingly stacked odds. My experiences with adversity always come for me in sports, mostly because of my size, rarely about my ability. I play football where size and strength are usually deciding the outcome of the game, but my size usually does not have an effect on how I play, it actually gets me to play harder. But when my coaches see me they don’t see the player that can help make a difference, they only see a moderately small kid who might get destroyed out on the field and gets used as a practice dummy most practices. It gets really frustrating when I get singled out for my size and not for my ability, but instead of sitting there and whining about it, I take my frustration out to the weight room and work on getting bigger and stronger. But like everything else, it will...
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