11 May 2015
Defying the Odds
Every day there are people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds who are rising up and achieving something they thought would never be possible. These disadvantaged backgrounds can consist of poverty, abuse, or singleparent homes. Through education, hard work, and opportunity, many people are able to break through the disadvantaged situations they were raised in and defy the odds.
There are many wellknown people who have overcome disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, our very own President, Barack Obama, came from a disadvantaged background. Obama’s family was broken up at the age of two, and social recognition was challenging because he was discriminated against (“Rise Above a Disadvantaged Background”). Also, Obama took drugs and skipped class practically every day while he was in school (“Rise Above a Disadvantaged Background”). Now, he is going on eight years as President, living a very wealthy and homly life with his wife and two daughters. Bill Clinton, former US President, also rose above disadvantages. Three months after he was born, his father died in a car accident (“Rise Above a Disadvantaged Background”). His mother then married a man who was abusive to his mother and brother (“Rise Above a Disadvantaged Background”). Bill Clinton was mostly raised by his grandmother throughout his childhood (“Rise Above a Disadvantaged Background”). Clinton later became President of the United States of America. Stories like
Obama’s and Clinton’s are just a couple of examples of average, everyday people rising above the limits that society places upon them and taking hold of opportunities given to them which allow them to be successful even when coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2006, my brother and I were removed from the custody of our parents. Growing up, we were always told that drugs were bad and that getting an education was the way to go. I stuck to the education path while my brother, unfortunately, did not. Neither my of my parents or grandparents went to college, in fact, they barely graduated from high school. They have continued to push me and support me through all that I chose to do. Even though I have not lived with my parents since the age of 8, they have still been a part of my life, through the good and the bad. Although I usually did not want to listen to a word they had to say because I was so upset with them for what they had done to Dusty and me, I took their mistakes and used them as my motivation. From not dropping out, to graduating in a month, to attending college in the fall; all of my achievements and goals may have been different if they had made the right decisions. Nearly four years ago, they disappointed me, yet again. My mom got pregnant with my little brother. All I could think about was what was going to happen to him. I continued to question how they could do this. How they had already messed up with their first two kids, why would they want another? I was terrified that Seth would go through what Dusty and I went through; I did not want that happening. My parents were clean and had turned their lives around, but I still had not forgiven them for what they had done to my older brother and me. Their mistakes had impacted my life drastically and because of them, I have done my best to rise up from the mistakes they have made within our family so that history does not repeat itself.
There are many reasons as to why people rise up from disadvantaged situations such as Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and myself. Personally, having grown up in a disadvantaged situation, I feel as though people want to rise above and beyond the expectation society puts on them. Gaining the slightest incentive from loved ones or maybe even someone who tries to ...
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