Overcoming Challenges: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Overcoming Challenges Essay
“Where there’s a will there’s a way,” is an old saying that's origins are unknown. This quote is a favourite of many because it shows that anything that can be dreamt or thought of can be accomplished. For many years humans have had to overcome obstacles in life. It truly is amazing how far humanity has gotten and at this rate, there will be much more discover in the coming years. Though it is great to think about the future of humanity, it is just as important to reminisce on our past achievements. In today’s society many people can find inspiration to achieve just by hearing other stories of people overcoming challenges. There are a countless number of stories on people overcoming obstacles in life, but the most
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Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States of America, and also the first to be physically handicapped during office. In August of 1921, Franklin was diagnosed with polio, a common disease back then, and was permanently paralyzed in his lower body. Meaning that he had to be confined to a wheelchair or crutches, but he still couldn’t walk more than a few steps. Shortly after his diagnosis, Franklin considered giving up on his political career because of his handicap. But his wife convinced him to continue his journey to become president. Polio would be Roosevelt’s biggest adversity in his life, it would spark a lot of controversy in the public if he ran for president and he would be less mobile with his handicap while also having five kids that he would hardly ever visit because of it. Franklin began multiple physical therapy sessions after the extent of the disease would be determined, but after over two years there was hardly any improvement. He taught himself to move a few steps but no more after that. Regardless, Franklin developed a strong and vigorous body by 1928 and was still healthy despite his paralysis before running for president in 1933. Although Franklin’s health issues were public, he made it certain that he was improving physically. In fact, he was rarely ever seen with a wheelchair in public, this was done on purpose to distract the press from publishing his illness. Many changes would be made to the Whitehouse to make it wheelchair …show more content…
Marshall Mathers, or Eminem, had to live his entire life not knowing his father who abandoned him when he was still an infant. He had to move schools frequently, usually two or three times a year, never making any friends most of the time. This had the biggest impact on his childhood. “I would change schools two, three times a year, that was the roughest part,” he recalls. During his childhood he frequently was bullied and treated like an outcast for being white and “the new kid.” Eminem also failed Grade 9 three times before dropping out when he was 17, which was the last thing that he needed. Having no job, and no education, Eminem’s only escape from this harsh reality was music. He would frequently participate in rap battles hoping that someone would pick up his talent, but would not find any luck until a year later he would be discovered by Interscope Records Label and release his first LP. Though this would not be the end of his problems. In addition to the firestorm of criticism towards his hate induced songs, he would develop an addiction for sleeping pills and prescription painkillers, to the point where one night he overdosed on pills and nearly died. Regardless of all his problems, Eminem was able to overwhelm them. The most obvious way was that he expressed his emotions frequently on his music which he used as an escape from reality. Recently, Eminem has driven away from his violent

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