Personal Narrative Essay: The Battle Against The Dragon

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Personal Dragons “Problems may only be avoided by exercising good judgement. Good judgement may only be gained by experiencing life’s problems.” Everyone encounters and struggles with problems in their lives that hold them back. They can be internal or external. Some of them require little effort and can be defeated easily, for example, The hero Beowulf easily defeating Grendel. Some of them are long term and become heavy burdens. These burdens can become battles that have to be fought off. These are considered dragons. Not everyone is capable of fighting off these dragons in order to get where they need to be in life. While Beowulf took on his challenges of Grendel, Grendel’s Mother, and an Ancient Dragon, I have my own dragons…show more content…
It occurred 50 years after the fight with Grendel and his Mom. In fact, he fought his hardest and did not succeed. Life is a continuous battle. It doesn’t always matter how many battles you’ve won or lost. What matters is that you were brave enough to try, and you didn’t let fear paralyze you or cause you to give up. For example, line 688 states “Then Beowulf rose, still brave, still strong, and with his shield at his side, and a mail shirt on his breast, strode calmly, confidently, toward the tower.” Even though Beowulf lost this battle, he went into it full force. This was the most difficult battle he had ever faced, but he was brave and confident as ever. He gave it his all, which shows more courage than most. My most difficult dragon to face will be my pessimism. Overall I am a very happy, bubbly person. I am enjoyable to be around, and I enjoy the company of others. It is easy for me to bottle up my feelings and hide them behind a familiar smile and laugh. But when I am alone, things are different. I tend to harbor a lot of apprehension and anxiety over things that I can’t control. I sometimes let my problems define who I am. If I am wronged, I can easily become deeply emotionally wounded for a long period of time. If I get upset over one thing, It is very easy for me to start thinking about all of the other negative things going on in my life. This is unfortunate for me because I focus on the negative more than the positive. When good experiences are to be had, I am skeptical of people and my surroundings. I experience a tunnel-like vision due to my depressed outlook, causing me to miss out on the happy moments that make life worth living. Life is an amazing journey that definitely has its ups and downs. I have to learn how to cope with the downs, and put more emphasis on the

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