Summary of How the Worst Moments in Our Life Make Us Who We Are

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What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger only when you evolve and grow from the experience.


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Writer Andrew Solomon beautifully and poignantly articulates the sentiments so many people feel. He shares his heart-wrenching story of adversity to explain how all experiences, no matter how painful, shape who you are. “Forging meaning” and “building identity” don’t numb the sting, but they do give purpose to the pain. getAbstract believes you can gain strength and perspective from Solomon’s sincere oration.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How pain and adversity can mold you into a stronger person
  • What lessons writer Andrew Solomon has drawn from his personal hardships
  • How you can use painful experiences to change yourself and your environment for the better


Growing up as a homosexual in the US was difficult for Andrew Solomon. In second grade, he was the only child in his class not to receive an invite to a classmate’s birthday party. In seventh grade, kids relentlessly taunted him on the school bus, and he never ate at the canteen in high school because...
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About the Speaker

Pulitzer Prize–nominated author Andrew Solomon writes about politics, culture and psychology.

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