Life Is Not About Where You Started Essay

820 Words Feb 28th, 2015 4 Pages
Hayworth, William

Life is not about where you started

I began to know hardship at a very early age of 2 months; I was removed from my family and placed into foster care. My dad divorced my mom shortly after I was born and never looked back. I spent the next 15 years moving between foster homes. I became a bitter and rebellious child. I was kicked out of all the middle schools in my local school district in Detroit Michigan and placed in a mental hospital. I was mad at the world and felt I didn’t deserve this lifestyle.” The situation worked in my favor; it motivated me to seek another path. I began to excel in my studies, and responsibilities at the mental hospital. The directors saw progress in me they decided to release me. Freedom was not enough motivation for me to continue in a positive direction, one of my psychiatrist’s gave me additional motivation of sorts: Mr. McCabe told me, ‘We have to let you go, but we know you will be back. I decided to prove him wrong, I would not come back.”

I was further encouraged to continue in a positive direction when, at the age of 13, I finally sat down to read a book given to him by a teacher two years earlier. The book was “Gifted Hands” by Dr. Ben Carson and I found myself relating to Dr. Carson’s life story an African American from Detroit Michigan. Dr. Carson’s life touched me. He became the first Black neurosurgeon and I felt if he can do it then I can do it too.” In his book, Dr. Carson included an acronym for the…

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