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Silver Lining: A Reflective Essay On A Life Changing Moment In My Childhood

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When asked to reflect upon my life, and look back at the moments that were special to me, there is always one day that instantly comes to mind. It seemed to be the ultimate silver lining of a dark cloud that has affected me many times in my life.You see, when most people get poison ivy, they get a small red rash on their skin that is terribly annoying at worst. For me however, the story is much different. When I brush up against a poison ivy plant I can expect to spend the next ten days constrained to my house. When I get poison ivy, I don't just get a small irritating rash, I get something much worse. It starts off similarly enough; the first sign is an astonishingly strong itching sensation on the directly effected area. From there, the area becomes red and textured with numerous tiny bumps, an ominous sign of what I'm actually in for. Within a day, the effected area would double in size, and what were once hundreds of tiny bumps become fewer, larger blisters. With time these blisters grow larger and spread. By far the worst part comes next, but to spare the gory details, I'll just say that when these blisters burst, I look more like a leper than a person suffering from a common rash.When I was 15, I was unlucky enough to have brushed my hand up against some poison ivy whilst walking through the woods. Of course, there was no way for me to know at the time, so there was no need for me to think twice before resting my chin on my palm, or rubbing my eyes with my hands. Needless to say I found myself bedridden three days later.Having more free time on my hands than I cared for, I found myself wandering the internet. Wasting away endless hours on such sites as coffeebreak.com or the Internet Movie Database, I finally stumbled upon something that brought a smile to my disfigured little face... online poker. I had played poker with friends for about a year prior, and was very pleased to discover it came quite naturally to me. So when I first came upon an online poker site, I figured the 'play money' games would be a fun way to kill time until I was better. Being only fifteen at the time I had no intentions of creating a real money account with website, however my opinions changed once I discovered a risk free aspect of real money play.I was losing interest in the play money games they had on the website, because nobody took it seriously, and they were becoming slightly more than annoying. Around this time I discovered what were known as 'free-roll tournaments'. These beautiful creations allow people to enter for free, but still give real money payouts to a select number of winners. The prize pools and number of participants vary greatly, depending on who is sponsoring the tournament and how private the event is.Within a few days I had mastered the craft of crashing the most exclusive free-rolls on the website. My moment of glory came when I found myself in a tournament with a $1,000 prize pool and a little over 800 participants. The tournament paid...

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