Throughout a person’s life, there are constant problems, struggles and stress that have always disturbed and changed a somewhat normal, peaceful life. When things are going well, one event could possibly change the whole course of a nice day, week, month or even year. The only thing that stands between people and a complete breakdown from these situations is the family and friend relationships that are established. Being constantly comforted, cared and amused by family and friends is one reason that my confidence and character has been built (Rubio 1). Jackie Karp, the writer of the poem “Family, The Center of My World”, writes about her loved ones, “You are the meaning of strength at its highest peak. You have courage when the rest of us are weak” (Karp 1). In the toughest situations, family and friends encourage others that need help getting back on their feet.
In life, people learn new concepts in school, work and at home. Sometimes, learning new things or just trying to understand something can take an emotional and physical toll. Continuously failing to complete a task puts great stress to find a way to do it correctly. Nicholas Sparks, the author and protagonist in the memoir Three Weeks with My Brother, had gone through many problems; one being a difficult situation to teach his son to read and write despite his son having some sort of disability that could not be determined. Nicholas writes, “And in the end, I would teach him to talk, one slow, painstaking word at a time” (Sparks 440). Through months and years of teaching his son Ryan, Nicholas Sparks along with his brother and wife helped Ryan learn to read and write normally despite having many tests saying that he had learning problems. The whole family banded together to get through the tough situation of having a kid that was at first unresponsive to anything they said or did to him. Nicholas later talks to his older brother about his kid who is now a smart straight-A student that is doing great in his classes. Without Nicholas or Ryan’s family helping them, it would not have been possible to have the success they received.
I know in my life that I have been stressed out by studies, homework and projects. Although it may seem like I do not appreciate my family and friends, I acknowledge that they truly help me with my work by encouragement and actual lessons in regards to the assignments I have to do (Rubio 2). I would not be as successful or determined in school and life without the support of my close-knit group of people I love.
Even in very life-threatening situations, the people around you can help comfort you in times of these hardships. In Three Weeks with My Brother, Nicholas’s sister Dana is diagnosed with cancer. As the cancer progresses, Dana’s ability to do daily tasks diminishes greatly. She is not able to take care of her two children as she did before. “As my sister’s tumor progressed and she lost energy to do everything she’d once done, members of Bob’s family...