Question: Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
This was at the time I was a seventeen-year-old from a single mother household. She was my whole life, and everything I learned was because of her. She was a diabetic, and one night brought my world upside down. Overnight, both her kidneys failed due to complications related to her diabetes, and she was admitted to the hospital intensive care on life support. I was distraught over the likelihood of losing the only parent I had. This really hit me very hard emotionally, but I did not have the time to introspect as I was needed to make her well again as soon as possible.
Multiple dialysis sessions later, my mother’s condition was stable, although she was physically drained of energy most of the time due to the weakness caused by blood loss during the procedures. My mother had always been a fountain of strength for me, but now I needed to remain strong for her to assist her in negotiating the long road to recovery ahead.
I had to grow up mentally and emotionally within a very short span of time. Things that my mother routinely took care of now fell right into my purview, and I had to take the calls and decisions, something I was not very good at before this calamity. But it is said that adversity always tends to get the best out of you, which is exactly what happened in my case. I began to understand the meaning of life and its experiences, hurdles, small achievements, big disappointments, and emotional upheavals. All these situations made me a little stronger each time to learn and be ready for what was eventually going to come my way later on in life.
As I commenced high school, everybody imagined the emergency situation was over, but it had just begun to affect my life and thought process. My mother was often fatigued, so I took on more responsibility, coping with family obligations, school, sports activities, and work. I made innumerable visits to the local pharmacy, prepared dinner, cycled to the supermarket, supported my anxious sister, and enabled the love and care my mother required to recuperate. I am now taking complete accountability over small decisions such as organizing daily appointments and managing my time, and deciding over key assessments involving my future studies and career possibilities, including the entire college admissions process end to end. My mother remains the primary motivation to succeed in my life, but the feeling of inspiration I unearthed within myself is the most significant expression of my independence. I have been able to take the correct decision with regard to my further career, opting for the field of Human Resource management studies, because I sincerely feel that I can relate to and empathize with various facets of human nature, treating people as individuals rather than just another number. I have learned all these aspects through this ordeal situation, from which I have surely emerged stronger with a deeper understanding of myself and my true potential.