Inner Strength Essay

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The word, strength means the power of exerting muscular force but theres also inner strength which is the overcoming of obstacles when others told you it couldn't be done. Strength is to wake up every morning and think, not what could I have done, but what I can do in the future and also being able to try again instead of giving up. Once one has pushed through their mental barriers, they continue to push through harder barriers and thus, they become stronger inside. Inner strength shows that you should live life to the fullest and that you have the power within yourself to rise above the things in life that try to hold you down and that you should not give up. You have the strength to ...view middle of the document...

“I who did not die, who am still living, still lying in the backseat behind all my questions, clenching and opening one small fist”. It’s saying here that she didn’t die, she lived on still feeling like that 7 year old full of questions without answers, making a fist to assure her that she was strong and not dying.
In the story, “Through the Tunnel” by Doris Lessing is about a boy named Jerry who wants to be able to swim through a tunnel with the other boys, but he doesn’t know if he can make it. He shows the boys that he has the guts to jump off a rock, but what he really wants to prove is that he is strong enough to swim through the tunnel in the rock. Jerry knew he wasn’t able to go through the tunnel without taking a breath. To solve this, he did breathing exercises. His mother bought him goggles, so that Jerry could see where the tunnel begins and ends at. The day before Jerry and his mother were leaving from home, Jerry decided that it was time to show what he was made of, and swim through the tunnel. He pushed himself to be able to dive off the rock and swim through the tunnel with the other boys. “He felt he was accepted and he dived again, carefully, proud of himself”. Jerry felt like he wasn’t going to make it during the last stretch of the tunnels, but he just kept pushing and finally he resurfaced, “He struggles on in the darkness between lapses into unconsciousness”. Jerry had the inner strength to swim through the tunnel, even though there was doubt in his mind that he wouldn't be able to make it. “Next summer, perhaps, when he had another years growth in him then he would go through the hole.” Jerry competed against nature, when he came up for breath after going through the tunnel, and had to fight against the current. Jerry went from not being able to hold his breath for a long time, to holding it for two to three minutes straight. He also went from the safe, busy beach with his mother, to the riskiness with the other boys.
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