Epiphany Extended Definition Essay

Topics: September 11 attacks, Need, 2007 singles Pages: 2 (654 words) Published: May 2, 2012
“A teacher's day is half bureaucracy, half crisis, half monotony and one-eighth epiphany. Never mind the arithmetic.” -Susan Ohanian. According to Webster’s dictionary, epiphany is a Christian holiday. It’s also recognized as a manifestation of a divine superhuman being. An epiphany is multiple things actually; it’s the sudden knowledge or insight of something, it is a moment of revelation. An epiphany is when a light bulb suddenly lights above your head. You suddenly 'get it', everything falls into place and you realize something. To me it’s memories of past events. It’s all the things I’ve had to grow up and realize in my life. When I was a child, at about 4 years old, epiphany, was simply a word that I used that meant, “CD”. There was a music album I had at the time called epiphany, so whenever I wanted music, I would simply say epiphany. It may seem odd but that’s how child’s minds work at that age, that’s how we communicate. We make our vocabulary for things we want or need, nearly all children until age four continue to make an extended definition for words. Epiphany to me meant that I wanted to listen to music. To anyone else, it’s just another word. I was 5 years old when the September 11 attacks happened. I was an overactive child with a desire to both achieve and rebel. I felt stupid for believing that the world was actually perfect and I still did, up until 9/11/01. I believed that I wouldn't get to start a family or travel or be a successful journalist or anything that only an adult could do. How was I supposed to become an actor, or a musician? When the 9/11 attacks occurred, I realized that maybe I wasn't the only person in the world who had to deal with this newborn anger and sadness. I realized that I needed to grow up and see the dangers in the world. I couldn’t be as careless as before. I had to grow up quick, because the world wasn’t going to slow down for me. The first time my brother ran away from home and came back home bloody...
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