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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Break (02/06/06)

TITLE: Thirteen
By Juliet Maruru
02/07/06


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Thirteen.

It happens to me a lot these days. One moment Iím fine and I think I can make it no matter what. Then Iím thirteen all over again and not so sure.

I think it happens for a good reason. You see, thirteen was a very difficult age for me. It was then that I was most aware of how so very small I am in this universe. I was just discovering myself and learning so much about humanity. It was at this point in time that I discovered just how twisted human nature could be.

I suppose it happens to all young people, growing pains, but for me growing up had an ugly twist. I lost something that was very precious to me. I think what hurts most is that I had no choice in the matter. Innocence should have been mine to keep for as long as I wanted to keep it.

I think that I tried to survive the loss, but in the end I did reach a breaking point. Once I was broken, I spent a lot of time in the land of dark sorrow and loneliness. Then one day after so many days, someone reached me. I think that she had been trying to reach me all along but I just couldnít hear her voice. Her voice guided me to recovery and discovery.

My motherís voice reminded me that however small I felt, I was born to accomplish a purpose in this universe. No matter how painful life becomes we have an obligation each day to live, love and praise God with everything we do. Sometimes we reach that point where nothing seems to make sense. The ĎBreakí point. God furnishes a way out of the pain and darkness. It could be a loved oneís voice, like in my case, or perhaps a perfect strangerís voice that God will use to guide you back to light, life and joy. Whatever the case, we must always remember that we are not self-sufficient. We need each other. We need God.

So when I am caught up in pride, and I take that slide back in time, I know that Iím being reminded of that ĎBreakí, so that I can start taking more notice of God and my purpose for living. I think it is a good thing.


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Jan Ackerson 02/13/06
I spent a lot of time in the land of dark sorrow and loneliness.

All of us who have visited that land, for whatever reason, appreciate the truth and grace in your article.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/14/06
Your piece is very encouraging, and gives one that boost to make it through another day! Thank you.
c clemons02/18/06
Very good, and thought provoking good work.
Carla Feagans02/20/06
Thank you for sharing so much of yourself in this.

You did a great job of describing what you experienced at 13. My favorite part was the last part of the second to last paragraph - "Whatever the case, we must always remember that we are not self-sufficient. We need each other. We need God."

I thought the last paragraph had a very good sentiment, but maybe could be re-written to come across stronger (maybe "I know" instead of "I think").