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Defining Moment in the Past 10 Years

Over the past 10 years if you could identify one defining moment what would that be?

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  • In the world  I would have to say  it's a toss up  between 9/11 and when Barack  Obama was elected President.  9/11 stands out to me because the  world pretty much changed for everyone in the world that day.   I remeber exactly  where I was that day too..   I was in my sophomore year at Souhegan and  it was at 10 minute break in line at the school store  getting a chocolae chip muffin.   Everyone was called in their advisories to watch the Twin Towers burning  on TV.     When    Obama got elected president  I  had never felt so relived because ever since 9/11  things  in our country have been so messed up.  I saw a story on the news  the other day that people  in the nation are getting frusturated with him  because of the economy not getting   back in fine working staute the way it should.    While   I am one of the people who is frustuated about hte lack of  good jobs out there  I  have full faith that  Obama will  get things back to normal  the way things were before  the economy went sour in  fall 2008.

    In my life  a few things  in the past couple  years have defined my  life.  MY senior project  at SHS, graduating from College and  Project Search.

  • The moment that I surrendered my heart and life to Jesus Christ, the Lord.

  • Off hand I'd say meeting Patch. So much altered my life since then. Like my career desires changed, my purpose in life changed, I began to see dogs in a whole new way, I devoted my life to working with him and am amazed at how far we have come. Everything happens for a reason and there is a reason I volunteered when I did at the shelter and his name is Patch
  • In the world, it would have to be 9/11. And definitely not a positive defining moment. In my own life, it had to be the day I came out to my Dad and stepmom. Very liberating.

  • When my brother, cousin, and I got chased by a pit bull. I will never forget that day.
  • Defining moment... I suppose it would be the turning point in my life. There was a time, about six months of time, where I was the most depressed I've ever been. I was 17 years old. My best friends little sister died and she changed almost completely, so it was like I lost her too, my grandmother died, and my favorite teacher died. Topping on the cake was that a family pet died too. So much death in such a short time put a lot of stress on me, and I ended up having nightmares about some troublesome times in the past. I'd wake up in a dream thinking it was reality, wake up in reality thinking it was a dream. I went months not knowing if I was awake or asleep and being afraid of being asleep because of the nightmares that came with it. But reality wasn't much better either. My mother was stressed. For the first time in my life we got into fights, and they ended up being physical. I ran away from home. I stayed at friends houses. I wandered around the city completely lost and wondered what to do, not seeing any point to leave the place I was in... The last dream I remember distinctly. I was alone on a dark hill, there was an oak tree behind me. It was in shadow. The leaves shifted and shook with gold outlining them. In the distance there were boiling bruised clouds, thunder, lightning. I was just sitting under the tree and crying when a shadowed man with wings came up to me. He reached out a hand and pulled me into a hug and said, "I will always be here for you." That's it. Nothing else. But it was the most comforting thing to be said to me in a while. When I woke up I knew I'd been crying, but I felt like I'd been born again. Things were still bad, but they were able to be dealt with. I wasn't dying anymore, I was going to struggle back. It was at that point that my life turned around and I started climbing out of the hole I'd been in. That was the moment that I knew I could conquer anything. I still have trouble with it. Sometimes I get depressed... but I know that if I can survive that point in time, I can survive anything. That was a time for building strength out of loneliness and patience out of struggle. I believe that's one very big defining moment, and it came in a dream. Funny how those things work, eh?

  • I don't know. This will probably come off negative, but it's the first thing that popped into my head. I think the day my oldest sister found my notebook. This particular notebook had my biggest secrets in it. Things that I've done, thought, and so on, and i did not expect anyone to see it. It was probably one of the worst few hours of my life, and i sometimes wonder where would i be if she hadn't found it. Obviously I'm glad she did find that notebook, even though it was a terrible day. I would never have been able to confess to my family what was going on with me, if that hadn't happened. I don't struggle with it anymore either, i mean. I think about it, when I'm having a really bad day, but. I haven't done it. This probably made no sense to anyone. sorry! but that day was really emotional for me. I realized how much my family really cares for me. I realized that i was being very careless, and that something had to happen. It healed a lot of pain in me too, talking to my family about it. The moment i remember the most is hugging my dad. We were both crying, and my sisters and mother were all crying too. I felt soo ashamed with myself. Honestly, it was probably the best thing that could have happened.



  • Me playing Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu Op.66, it wasn't perfect, but just being able to play it made a lasting memory for me.

  • In the past decade, I think my happiest and most memorable day was my wedding day, though was it the most defining? Well, I'm married to the man I love, so I guess so. However, to look at the broader picture, it might have been 9/11/2010, though I was not personally affected by it in the sense that I knew someone who died. It was more of a collective defining moment for this country.
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