Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rajaan Bennett's Essay

"Strength" by Rajaan Bennett

Rajaan wrote this essay in his Multi-Cultural Literature class on February 10, eight days before he was the victim of a murder-suicide in his north Georgia residence.

Somebody once told me that, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). Life hasn't been a walk in the park for me, but I'm thankful for the obstacles, hardships, and accomplishments that GOD has provided for me. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be the Rajaan Bennett that you know today. I wouldn't have things any other way.

Strength is the ability to do or bear things in the state of being strong.

In the year of 2000, I moved from the streets of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to the suburbs of Powder Springs, Georgia. A year later, my dad died in a horrible car wreck, and as a ten year-old, I knew he wasn't coming back. This tragedy rattled me to the core. I felt as if there was no need for me to live. I wanted to be as happy as the kids with dads and moms.

Some days I would wonder - why me? But eventually, I realized that it was my turn to become a man. As I became older, I came to notice that in life you use strength as a blanket to protect you from this cold world.

I am the oldest of 3 and I have a brother with special needs who I have to take care of. I have to balance school, sports, friends, and family - and it gets so hard, but I push myself. I push myself like a sprinter who is neck and neck with an opponent with 10 meters left. With the strength that I posses, I feel like I'm Hercules.

I matured faster than all of my friends - and there will never be a time that I will give up. I may complain, I may refuse, and I may even cry about it, but I know I have to do what I have to do.

I work hard at whatever I do - just for that man upstairs to smile down on me with the rays of the sun ...and they feel so warm. My drive cannot be stopped or even slowed down, because every obstacle has a way around it. Every day I become stronger from the weights physically, the books mentally, and life emotionally.

There is no limit to my strength and at the end of the day, I want to be known as the strongest.
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  1. An extraordinary young man taken under the most tragic and senseless of circumstances. RIP Rajaan.

  2. I wished I was as insightful when I was a freshman at Vanderbilt

  3. You got a great young man to run your show....a special person ....

  4. It's Been Exactly A Year Since You Left. . .
    And I Still Feel As Though It Were Yesterday When I Saw You Walking Out Of The Gym, Or When We Talked About Track In Mrs. Holbrook's Class. I Miss You Man. . .