The Road to Enlightenment 2

The Road to Enlightenment 2 - Brittney Ferrigno English 131...

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Brittney Ferrigno English 131 The Road to Enlightenment There are 3 things in life that you can’t change: the weather, the past, and other people. Over the years I have experienced it all, I have met many different kinds of people, made my mistakes, and have been taught to learn from every experience possible. It has now been 73 years since the day I was born, and I have reached a state of Enlightenment. Today I will share my story of the path to happiness, starting from the very beginning and working up to this very day. There are many events that lead to this state of satisfaction, yet sometimes it takes a few bad turns, to get on the right track. The Road to Enlightenment is one, which every person wishes to find. Everyone has this ideal view of happiness, a state which they think is better than where they are. It’s almost like the saying “ The grass is always greener on the other side.” When you get there it’s still not good enough. Well, in my point of view sometimes, it may not be perfect but it is better than where you were. When I was a year old, my birth mother could not afford to take care of me and put me up for adoption. I never had to go through the orphanage experience because I was adopted immediately by a couple who was not able to have children. As a toddler, I was always getting into trouble, and my parents were always telling me I was not good enough. I remember in the 4 th grade I wanted to be in my school’s spelling bee and my parents told me, “ You’re not smart enough, you can’t spell”. This is when I, learned my first life lesson. Despite what my parents told me, I entered the Spelling bee and competed for the title of “Best Speller”. I realized that
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day that if I wanted to succeed in life I would have to do things on my own and not do what my parents told me. As I looked around the crowd for my parents that day, and spelled my last word IMPOSSIBLE. I-M-P-O-S-S-I-B-L-E, I did not see them. Disappointed, I knew that they would never be there for me, but when the trophy was placed in my hands I had a whole new emotion of self-satisfaction. “Don’t be told something is impossible. There is always a way!” (Robert Rodriguez). Several years went by and I began to realize that I was going to have to go at life on my own. During this same time, my parents started to fight a lot and my dad started acting differently towards me. I was in my junior year of high school, when my dad started buying me a lot of things, mostly new clothes. I didn’t object to his gifts, until he
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