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I Believe My Struggles Develop My Strengths

773 words - 4 pages

Fear. What was the first thing you thought of when you read that word? Most people would feel unpleasant just thinking about their fears, whether it be heights, spiders, anything that may seem dangerous in their eyes. As for me that four letter word “fear” was more than just something I was afraid of. It was the beginning of a long journey which I call life.
It all began in second grade; I was invited to spend the night at my friend Paige Farah's house. Paige was my best friend at the time and I had spent many nights at her house before, so this was nothing different. When I got to Paige’s house she was so excited to tell me about the new kid who moved next door he was the perfect contestant for our game of fear factor. Paige and I would play fear factor all the time. it was something like truth or dare, without the truth part. We would dare each other to eat plants grass and sometimes even bugs. We went and introduced ourselves to the new kid next door and within an hour we were playing our usual fear factor game with five other kids in the neighborhood. The new kid seemed pretty scared so we thought we would go easy on him. Just a piece of grass would be fine. Little did I know that piece of grass began to choke him. He was gagging and we did not really know what to do. All of a sudden he began to throw up I had never seen anything like this in my life. I could feel myself burning up my arms were tingling and I could not stop my heavy breathing, I ran inside and sat down the room was spinning and I could not control the way I was feeling. I called my dad to come pick me up, I remember Paige saying “is Faith going to be okay” I hoped I would be, but this was my first of many anxiety attacks. I got home and immediately felt better my house was now my “safe place”, and as great as a “safe place “ sounds me coming home from Paige’s that night was probably one of the biggest mistakes I could have...

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