Insomnia

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.


One late night I was alone in the house and struggling, as usual, to fall asleep before my mom came home. The thought that I might be considered a "bad boy" unsettled me. As the 472nd sheep jumped over the fence, I finally heard the front door unlocking, accompanied by soft groans and the sound of high-heeled shoes being shaken off. Shutting my eyes tight, I instinctively curled up further inside my bed. The time to fall asleep was now.

Stockinged footsteps plodded towards my room, and a moment later the door opened. I heard my mom walk in and lie next to me. I could smell the soju on her breath. After a tense pause, she started to sob. Her crying made me feel confused and uneasy. Although a recurrent occurrence, encountering a drunk emotional mother as a child never becomes easy.

She started ranting about all the hardships that she was dealing with as a businesswoman and as a single mother. She complained about how women are constantly undermined in Korean society and how hard life was each day. I struggled to understand but found it hard to truly empathize with her words. All I could do was resolve to be a better boy for her. Then, perhaps because she ran out of things to complain about, she started lecturing me about a...

Join Now to View Premium Content

GradeSaver provides access to 1521 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 10547 literature essays, 2653 sample college application essays, 565 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.

Join Now

Already a member? Log in