Hi Malia – are you a convert? Is that why you are not comfortable praying the rosary. I am a convert and it took a while for me to understand the concept of praying to Mary and the Saints for intercession, as I had always been taught to take everything to God/Christ in prayer.
The first part of the Hail Mary is taken from scripture – what the Angel said to her, and what her cousin Elizabeth said to her. The second part defines who she is, the Mother of God, and we ask her, in that role, to pray for us (to intercede on our behalf) when we die. We do not worship her or embue her with the same powers as God. But, as the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, she is in a unique position to lead us to salvation, by leading us to her Son. We pray the Rosary because of her desire for each one of us to be saved. Who better than the Mother of Jesus Christ, who suffered the horrible anguish of watching her torn and tortured Son as He died on the cross, to understand and help us with our own suffering.
If you are not already meditating on the Mysteries as you say the Rosary, you may find that the Mysteries will also help clarify why we pray the Rosary as they will focus you not only on Mary, but more importantly, on Jesus Christ.
All that aside, as previously mentioned, you can pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet using your Rosary – around the world, there are individuals who pray it at 3:00 p.m. every day (and you can even join them on EWTN at 3:00 pm CST.