In the novel 'Came back to show you I could fly' both the main characters prove that facing challenges have / has many benefits for the individual / s . By facing challenges self esteem and confidence is boosted, and an end result of overall happiness and well being is achieved. However, it takes a lot to overcome fears and anxiety to achieve confidence and often heartache and pain comes before overall happiness. Facing a challenge often results in a definite increase in self-esteem and a boost of confidence.
In the book 'Came back to show you I could fly' the eleven-year-old boy Seymour shows this continually. He makes friends with the wild Angie. Angie is a challenge to deal with. She insists they go out or do wild things often against the reserved Seymours better judgement.
He has already been forbidden from going out and yet he goes, constantly worrying and fretting about rules and regulations. This however changes throughout the book, a different Seymour emerges a more fearless unafraid to stand up for himself Seymour. By facing the challenge of Angie and leaving the house Seymour gains confidence in himself. Not only that but through the book as his friendship with Angie grows so does his self-esteem. Before, he could never make friends, now he has this wonderful person who wants to be his friend and listen to what he has to say.
Therefore by taking up the challenge of working for a friendship with Angie he is given a friend who tells him he is interesting and who likes to be around him. His self esteem soars. On the other hand, to actually disobey the rule of not leaving the house took a lot. Seymour's anxiety and panic kicked in. His decision to leave the house was automatically regretted. Not only that he also had to face bullies, a scary alley way and an intimidating, yet nice, girl called Angie.
It took a lot of bravery to face those challenges and it was an emotionally draining experience for Seymour. To gain confidence and self-esteem he had to deal with high stress, anxiety attacks, fear, worry and numerous other scary emotions. Another aspect to consider is that facing challenges results in overall happiness and well-being. Seymour proves this by making friends with Angie and then becoming almost a totally different person, by facing a challenge he gained a friend for life. Something he had yet to experience, he was overjoyed. Not only Seymour proved this though, Angie also proved this.
By facing the challenge of staying clean from drugs and going to a rehab centre she had regained the ultimate love of her family, a healthier lifestyle and the feeling that she was free. No more stress over money for her next hit. She was staying clean. Her happiness at that was showed in a letter to Seymour in which she talks about the challenge and her now happiness that she is on the road to success. Both experience a feeling of overall happiness and well-being.
However, before they had overcome the challenges they were facing they encountered a lot of heartache and pain. To face a big challenge often involves coming across heartache and pain. In Seymour's case he faced heartache and pain after realising that his friend Angie was mixed up in drugs and that she often stole to gain things. He knew this were wrong and he repeatedly denied them. He couldn't deny them forever though and eventually he faced Angie. They had an argument both upset and angry.
Angie went off to a rehab centre from where Seymour later gets a letter to clear things up. In between that time however life is hard. Seymour has never had friends and the one friend he worked so hard to get he just lost. Angie also experiences these feelings. She had to face the challenge of drugs. She needed drugs, and stole to get drugs.
She stole from her own family to get drugs which resulted in losing her families trust and her place in that home. This cause friction and pain within her family and deep down in Angie as well. She told them once that she would go to rehab but instead ran away as soon as she was there. In doing that she regained their trust then threw it back in their faces. She struggles to stay clean and get help, she tries to put her life back together. Eventually she goes to rehab permanently but along the way fights with her one friend, Seymour and loses her families trust and love.
In conclusion facing challenges provides boosted confidence and self esteem, and overall happiness and well being. However, facing challenges can also cause fear, anxiety, and stress. Also heartache and pain often occur whilst facing a challenge. Therefore there is sufficient evidence to prove that "Facing challenges have / has many benefits for the individual.