Who we really are, what our real character is only truly elicited when we are challenged, as a proverb states, “In the darkest hour shines the brightest light.” Our true character shines through when we are pushed to our extremes and are placed in situations outside of the norm. Horace claims that when someone is faced with an adversity or a challenge, they are more likely to discover talents that they thought they never had. I agree with his claim that adversity breeds talents and strengthens our character, but still understand the importance of prosperity in developing talents.
The modern world has an abundance of prosperity; many countries are now affluent. In these prosperous circumstances talents stay hidden, but countries like Nepal, that don't have the same level of wealth are still connecting with nature. Living in Nepal has given me the chance to meet this challenge. When I was much younger my father took to me on a camping trip in the mountains we were meant to stay for a few days; but we ended up getting lost on our way to the site. We were lucky that we brought all our camping gear or we might have been in a larger mess. That night I was nervous, I didn’t know what as out side nor did I know where we were but there was something I did know. I knew that even though I was lost and scared there way a peace about where I was, by that I mean there were no other problems that just been. That night was also one of the first time I learnt to start a fire; I went out just before sun down I found some kindling and by the time it was dark we had a fire. The adversity of the dark cold night spurred me on; I didn't want to be stuck without light and heat. Without doubt I am not finest fire lighter in the world but I would have never known that I had it in me to create one without having faced the adversity of that night.
A far more extreme example is that of Danny Boyle’s. While rocking climbing in southeastern Utah, he fell and trapped his arm under a boulder, where he was stuck for 127 hours; which is some what unsurprisingly the name of the film documenting his ordeal. He was faced with the stuff of nightmares; he was alone, his was hurt, and he was running out of time. This was the greatest adversity that he would ever face and it helped uncover his greatest talent, his talent to survive. After running out of food and water he was forced to saw off his arm. His experience is almost unfathomable, could you saw off your arm with a rusty pocketknife? Without having faced this life or death situation Danny Boyle would have never known what lengths he would go to too survive; adversity breed that talent with in him.
Adversity doesn't only elicit talents and shape character in extreme situations; many people’s first experience of adversity is found in school sports. Growing up I was part of eight SAISA tournaments that have all changed who I am. In my experiences I faced a range of challenges, challenges that in any other situation I would have...