In an instant, I was wide-awake. An asphyxiating, crushing pressure and dark, dank air felt like my only company. I was dying, or so every part of my being was telling me. The immense, clutching pains radiating from my chest to my jaw could be only one thing… a heart attack. I lay there silently, overwhelmed with crippling fear and panic; frozen, immobile, waiting for what my mind had deemed inevitable. Wait…the pain was beginning to ease. The powerful clutch of dread freezing me was beginning to weaken. My mind flooded with hope. I’m going to be okay.
Once able, I quietly crawled out of bed and ambled through to the open-plan living room of my city centre, one bed apartment, conscious of nothing but my need to seek medical assistance. Moonlight glistening on the granite worktops, I glanced at the barely legible clock above the English oak sideboard and learnt I had less than a two hours to wait for the doctor’s practice to open. I would wait.
Those two hours passed instantaneously; my mind blank, almost catatonic. Experiencing pain with every movement and unrelentingly breathless, I hobbled the short distance to consult my doctor. With a mother’s eye, the elderly receptionist instantly recognised my discomfort and kindly omitted the usual form filling. With a sympathetic smile, she softly asked me to take a seat in the waiting area.
Within minutes, I was sat explaining my symptoms to the doctor. She listened intently and appeared pensive, eventually breaking her silence, not to confirm or contradict my fears but to instruct me to remove my shirt and lie on the bed. Eager to know her diagnosis, I followed her orders precisely, removing my shirt as I shuffled over to the bed.
As I moved to lie down, the immense pain that had petrified me just two hours prior returned. She stopped me mid-motion, able to observe my obvious distress and guided me to an upright position. “That seemed to cause you...
...The summer of my freshman year of college I was an independent sales contractor in direct sales of educational products for Southwestern Company. For this job I had one week of intense sales training with students from Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and New Mexico State in Nashville, Tennessee. I did not know where I would be located for the summer until the last day of training. I ended up being sent to Fayetteville, North Carolina. I had one other salesperson as my roommate and we lived with a family for the summer whose son was doing the same job somewhere else.
Every morning we would wake up at 6am and have thirty minutes to get ready. My roommate and I would then meet or boss and several other coworkers for breakfast at the same spot every morning. We had forty-five minutes to eat and then we would do something to motivate us for the day. Then my roommate would drop me off in my territory with my bike. I had hundreds of doors slammed in my face constantly feeling defeated but once I got past the defeat it motivated me to prove to myself how successful I could be. It also made it easier knowing that I was selling a product that was valuable to parents and their children homework easier to do. I would only take one break a day to eat lunch on a curb somewhere and would work until it got dark. At the end of the day I would either have a...
...‘Moments in our lives that define who we are’
When we are born we are defined by our surroundings, particularly family, our culture and religious beliefs. As children we get told what to eat, what to wear, how to behave etc. but as we get older we begin to have control over our own lives and these are the moments that define us as individuals.
There have been many definingmoments in my life but there are two that really sum me up. The first was when I qualified and represented South Africa in the world Freestyle dance championships in Blackpool. I was very proud of myself since it didn’t happen by chance but by hard work and perseverance. I gave up many things to put in extra practice etc. I set goals and when I attain them, I raise the bar higher. This is how I always approach life. It’s important to me that I always give 100% or more.
Another definingmoment and probably the most important to me is when I realised why I had been put here on this earth. I had been invited by some friends to a youth camp through De La Salle High School and even though I’ve always gone to church since I can remember something happened, something deeper, something wonderful. I realised that all I have and all I have achieved is meaningless without my Lord and saviour. I realised that I was here with the sole purpose of glorifying him. So now everything I do or achieve...
...A DefiningMoment in my life
Cancer, the word burned into my mind. My dad has cancer. The realization of this was so painful, that it was too much to bear. It was Multiple Myeloma, disease with which was not familiar. All that I knew was that my dad had cancer and my world was about to change forever.
I always loved my dad and thought we had a strong bond, but our time together was limited. Between his work schedule and my school and sports schedules, we rarely saw each other. When he began his treatment, it was still the same routine. When we did finally get to spend time together, we would watch “the game”. It didn’t matter what team or what sport, we would just sit together and watch.
During the course of my father’s illness I had to step up. I was now in charge of not of only myself but my little brother and sister. I had to help them with homework, get them ready for bed and wake them up in the morning. At times I just wanted to break down. I was so worried about my dad and if he was even going to survive. I didn’t want to go on. I knew I had to though, because my dad needed me too. I was completely overwhelmed. I was trying to keep my grades up, not let anyone know what my dad was ill, and most of all keep my feelings and emotions hidden. I...
An embarrassing moment can stumble among anyone at any given occasion. No matter whom we say we are we all have experienced an embarrassing moment during our lifetime, such as falling down in front of a large group of people, humiliating oneself in front of one’s crush, or simply peeing in one’s pants. There is no denying everyone has crossed paths with an embarrassing moment, but during these moments that occur we will either be accepting, ashamed, or see it as a joke in the end. We do not intend for embarrassing moments to happen in our lives, they just come into existence. So why do we have to be shy or hide underneath the covers from what has come about because, when one looks back, it’ll be just a funny remembrance with family and friends, or these experiences can aid us to learn how to overcome these obstacles and apply to one’s daily life. I took my embarrassing moment and applied it to good use to help me out in my life. Because of that one unforgettable experience, I had encountered during my life, will forever be an experience that changed my life as a sibling, son, classmate, teammate, boyfriend, worker, and a student.[a]
All my years working as a busboy at my aunt’s Mexican restaurant, I’d never thought in a million years that an acquaintance like this would ever have happened to me. The whole...
...Or maybe I simply wanted to die, rather than proceed with my dismal fate. Sensing a lack of oxygen in my lungs, I began to quietly hyperventilate. Breathe, Kelly, breathe. For a split second, I wondered if this was how people felt at the very moment that they "lost it".
Ironically, to an outside observer, nothing unusual was happening. The scene was a college class in Japanese, on the day of their first oral quiz. Yet to me, a teenage girl with a paralyzing fear of public speaking, it might as well have been a national news interview. At least in that situation, Ted Koppell would have bailed me out.
I sat frozen on a wooden chair, too nervous to move, as I waited impatiently for my turn. As a high school student taking classes at Rutgers University, I was desperate to feel accepted by my college peers. I stared at the Japanese book in front of me, silently reciting my mini-dialogue, although I already knew the lines by heart. Yet, in the presence of these "strangers" in the room, I felt scared. What if I made a mistake? What if I embarrassed myself? What the heck was I doing there? Anticipating a long semester among these students, I needed to prove myself.
Finally, the moment arrived. "Ma-san, your turn." I slowly walked up the aisle as if I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. When I reached the front of the classroom, I felt the stare of...
...A DEFININGMOMENT IN MY LIFE!
Our house was a buzz of excitement. Relatives from all over the world visited and offered their assistance. The dining-room table was laid with delectable treats and thirst-quenching drinks. The sound of laughter filled every corner. Mum scurried around, busy as a bee, ensuring every little detail was organized.
Everyone, including me, pampered the special princess. Her friends hovered around her giggling and making comments about her future husband. I revelled in the happiness and the excitement surrounding me.
The big day had finally arrived! I wore my fabulous gown, which I had accessorized to the last detail. I put on some expensive jewellery before we proceeded to the final function of the week. I watched the elegant bride in amazement while I pondered over the amazing memories we had together.
My stomach was in knots and a feeling of nervousness washed over me as we were leaving to go to the brightly lit and exclusively decorated venue. I was the one to hold my sister's hand and guide her down the aisle. She was stunning in a cloud of white with tiny diamonds glittering on her hair and neck. My heart leapt with pride and joy. At that time I did not realize that we were walking down the path of enormous change.
The night was magical. We spent the entire night celebrating and rejoicing. Mum`s arrangements were perfect and...
Significant Changes and Inequalities in Canadian Society
The Woman’s Movement
Changes in Canada have been significant in the last century. Changes that have impacted
women have been particularly profound. The strength, courage and persistence that
women have demonstrated has been quite remarkable. Women have made tremendous
contributions to the military, politics and social causes. It is hard to fathom that many of the
privileges we take for granted today were the very things women fought so hard for
decades ago. The women’s movement has improved Canada and bettered the lives of all
women by bringing awareness to political groups and the general population
so that numerous organizations, social groups, laws and legislations have been
created in order to bring justice and equality to Canadian women everywhere.
The right to vote for example was not granted to women until 1918 when the “Canada
Elections Act” gave women over 21 the right to vote federally. Another historic event
took place in 1988 when the Supreme Court of Canada decided that the existing abortion
law at the time was unconstitutional and from that point on abortion would be
considered like any other medical procedure. A highly significant change for women
occurred in 1967 when Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson established the Status of
Women, which would change a woman’s place in Canadian society forever.
All Canadian citizens today, once,...
...All throughout Canada in the 20th Century there have been numerous events actions and decisions that we call definingmoments. Canada has been through many battles, very hard chosen decisions, and gone through many changes that have changed the way Canadians live today. Certain people have influenced the country in a positive way and made Canada a stronger nation. Events such as the battle of Vimy Ridge, the formation of NATO, the creation of the Canadian flag and people such as Lester B. Pearson all assisted in defining Canada as a nation.
Vimy Ridge ran almost 12km north-east of Arras. The Germans occupied Vimy Ridge in September 1914 and their engineers immediately began to construct a network of artillery-proof trenches and bunkers. These were protected from attack by Machine Gun Posts. Repeated French attempts to take Vimy Ridge cost about 150,000 casualties between May and November 1915. Although the French were able to take the villages of Carency, Neuville St Vaast and Souchez, Vimy Ridge remained under the control of the Germans. The British took over the Arras sector in March 1916. Immediately, British corps commander, Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Wilson, planned a counter-attack, but it was disapproved by his commanding officer, Sir Douglas Haig. The Canadian Corps, led by Lieutenant Sir Julian Byng, replaced the British at Arras in the winter of 1916. On April 8th, 1917, 30,000 Canadian soldiers began heading toward...