Towards light

Towards light

 

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Radhika was just 1 year old when her parents got to know that she was suffering from left leg disability. After losing their son this news came as a shock in their lives. They were worried about their daughter. What will be her future?  Soon physiotherapy sessions began and so began the social life of their daughter. Eventually, Radhika learned to walk but her disability was noticed by other, she was often enquired about it by the people around her. Ultimately, she started associating herself with her disability. Though she was a bright student. Her marks took a downward leap in 6th grade. She was disheartened to see that she was struggling in her studies. She tried her best to overcome the loss but all went in vain. By 8th standard, she had lost all hope. During her summer vacations, she went to visit Sonia, her cousin who lived in England. In England, Radhika avoided talking to her cousin and hardly showed any interest in visiting places. Sonia who was psychology major at that time, immediately sensed that something was wrong with Radhika. Then one day, she saw Radhika walking down the street so she followed her. Suddenly Radhika stopped at a nearby shop, she saw Radhika helping the shopkeeper in stocking the goods. It so happened that the shopkeeper was an old widow who couldn’t do much work due to her ailing health. And sweet little Radhika decided to help this woman. Sonia was intently watching all this. She was in awe of Radhika. When Radhika came home, Sonia was standing in the doorway. She asked, “Where have you been all the morning”? Radhika didn’t answer. “Would you like to have juice?”, Sonia asked. Radhika nodded in a yes. Suddenly Sonia asked Radhika, “Do you know what makes a person special?” “If others like us that makes us special”, Radhika replied sounding confused as she was not sure why out of the blue Sonia has asked this type of question. Getting out of her thoughts Radhika heard Sonia saying,” Radhika what you are saying is how people perceive us. It’s not what one is in reality.” “What do you mean “, Radhika asked? “ Radhika we are what we think we are not what others think of us. For example, you have always been a helpful, kind and caring person. You love everyone around you, even the ones whom you hardly knew. Moreover, you make your own decisions but at the same time, you listen to others also and come to the best conclusion for you. These qualities make you special and stand apart from others. But if someone says that you mean and selfish that cannot falsify your good traits.  Tears dropped from the eyes of Radhika,” But I am not good, I am nobody”.  Sonia knew then and there that Radhika was not confident about herself. Sonia asked, “Why do you say so”? “Because I am inefficient, my parents have been striving day and night just so that I get the best of everything. But I am disappointing them by performing badly in my exams and the physiotherapy is not showing the required results.” “Radhika, you are not disappointing anyone except yourself. You are not defined by your marks, you are much more than that.” Later that day, Sonia explained to her how she can improve her studies by organizing her study schedule and focusing on the work at hand. That day Radhika got a new insight towards life and herself. After coming from England, she focused on her good qualities and started noticing a new side of her personality. It took some time but eventually, she started doing well in her studies. Other than her studies, she participated in many co-curricular activities. Now Radhika had become a whole new person who was confident, happy and always up for any challenge.

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Arpita Sandhu

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