My Story Project: A blessing or a Curse (by Ahmed)

Once upon a time, there was a boy destined to struggle: he had ambitions that were so great that they made him feel so small. With his celestial blue eyes, his mop of brown hair and athletic frame, Agon emitted an aura of power and control… but it was only a façade. He was entrapped in a mental state of impotence: his school work and social life became sources of worry and stress.

And every day, this cycle of negativity only became more unbearable. This led to long nights of constantly pushing himself to his limits; he would always endeavour to swim faster, punch quicker and jump higher. His physical activities were merely a vain attempt to escape his mental struggle. The vastness and number of the problems he felt he faced brought to mind the Hydra of Greek mythology. It was an infamous creature that seemed to be omnipotent with several heads that would re-grow and multiply if they were cut off. With every trial that he perceived to have overcome, it only brought more anguish and confusion.

Until one day, this confusion progressed into a maelstrom of anxiety, agony, and stasis. Through his fierce desire of independence, he accelerated his own downfall – his greatest strength resulted in his greatest weakness. After years of persevering in his athletic career to defeat his demons, he failed. His sporting dreams shattered along with his fractured elbow.  As soon as he combatted one of his obstacles, it only multiplied the strength of the beast within him, thwarting his ambitions.

And because of that, he pushed aside the innate impulse of independence that threatened to dominate him. He accepted the help of others – his family.

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Author: ttlcic

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