Not all of us are bestowed with the best of everything. Being not-so-good in a certain field(s) tends to make us feel inept. Seeing a fellow colleague do better – when you know you can do it too and for some reason you just need to but you fail – sometimes just hurts. I know. I know because I had gone through the same. Every one of us lack in one aspect or the other in life where we would love to excel or maybe develop ourselves, sometimes even desperately. But things don’t always go according to our plan, now do they? Life tends to happen to all of us and at times it hits us so hard that we are forced to take a step back and think… what now?
Being born in a patriarchal Assamese society in a Brahmin family with limited opportunities due to financial background, I have had to think twice before venturing out. But that hadn’t and would never stop me. I did complete my graduation and I am well on my way to pursue my Masters and possibly will become a 3-Masters and an M.Phil degree holder.
I never was the brightest of them all. I stumbled and fumbled along the way. That never stopped me. Instead I kept gaining experience in the process.
I still dream of spending my summers in Goa and my winters in Sikkim. I still dream of opening a book-cum-craft store and possibly a dessert bar of my own as books and food are the love of my life. They kept me going all these years (and hopefully will keep doing the same). While books gave me the all needed growth of my mind and broadened my horizons, food helped me cope with the oh-so-very emotional personality of mine. The one thing they both share in common – they keep me calm and helps me think straight.
Life will always come up with new challenges. It loves to push you to your limits, you know! And as easy it is to advice to not give up, it actually takes all of it from you to not give up for real.
Not giving up and moving forward has got its own perks. You can and know how to enjoy life and make moments special because you have worked hard for it. You know the value of appreciation and happiness because you have walked through dedication and sadness.
Just like Ying and Yang , light and darkness – there always will be phases of ups and downs in life. The secret herein lies in not giving up. EVER.
In the words of Martin Luther King Jr. –
“If you can’t fly, then run.
If you can’t run, then walk.
If you can’t walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do,
You have to keep moving forward.”
–Kasturi Sarma. Assam.