I think it’s time for a little story of a guy who tried to rise from ashes! It would be cool if you’d guess who it is, pretty easy though!
Ever since he was a little kid he dreamt to be a fighter pilot or sail a ship ( Not always, this guy lived in the USA when he was a kid and at one point of his life wanted to be a trash truck driver! Sometimes he still wishes to do so). He applied to join his country’s Air-force/Navy and got selected after a gruelling 7-day interview (He had to be! You know how awesome he is!)
But, then in the medical tests his first dream was shattered (Provided the trash truck doesn’t count); he was declared unfit for flying. Why? because he was taller than required by 2 millimetres (0.2 of a centimeter! even a mosquito is larger than that!) So, no more airforce.
Well, he was depressed , but got into navy though. Nothing better than the second place!
After completing his training in the Navy, he wanted to be a Submariner with an additional Diver’s badge! So he trained hard, real hard, pushed himself to his limit. Yet, it turned out, the limit was lower than he expected it to be. He broke his leg. (Oh well, shit happens!) Four months later gets another leg fractured (Two on the same leg!) and just when things were getting back on track, Bingo! two fractures at once!
All these fractures forced him to leave the navy deeming him unfit on suspected low bone density and hence unfit to cope up with the training!
He lost his legs (temporarily), his job and career ( for a long time; may be trash truck seemed promising) and his dream (permanently). Everywhere he looked he found negativity , and he was depressed.
He was squandering with self pity, and loathing. He hated it when his dad had to answer relatives and friends about his son who couldn’t stay there. The kind of relatives who’d get a tub of popcorn and a pitcher of coke and listen to the story!
Well nevermind, he thought. Maybe he could pursue engineering in a Nationally acclaimed university. And then he got beautiful news! He is ineligible for that college as he is too old for it! (Yes, colleges in India have an age limit to apply for the college) What’s the fun where the hero doesn’t face any obstacles! (That’s when he realised that movie directors are pathetic in capturing how the hero feels when there’s no way out except punching his way out of a stone wall)
He swore to severe all human contact and wanted to jump. (He never decided where to jump from though, always ranged from his bed to jumping from a sky-scraper)
Being jobless and aimless inspires a lot of pointless walking around.One day, wondering whether he could be in so deep shit that he would eventually discover Shit-opolis (The lost city of shit which drowned into shit under the weight of it’s own shit) that a kid happened to catch his eye.
This kid was about five or six years old helping his parents (I am assuming they were his parents). Kids do help their parents usually, but that’s not a big deal. But, Actually, it was a big deal because
1. The dad seemed to be blind and
2.The mother didn’t have her arms.
It was too much his eyes could take, he felt chills down his spine and he started sweating until he realised something he never did, or wouldn’t have under usual circumstances.
He didn’t have any problems anywhere comparable to what that kid had! “The poor little child, with apparently no source of income and with handicapped parents is soldiering to survive, I can too!”, he thought. He was twenty and not anywhere near kicking the bucket and has a whole life to look forward to!
He said to himself, “Hell with this fucked up state, no one’s gonna help me? Doesn’t matter, I’ve got myself! I shall climb to the Top of the World !”
And he started working hard, so what if he isn’t eligible for one of the best colleges in the country? What matters is if he can show those ‘have it all’ people out there that he mattered!
What changed inside him? Just a switch that went flick! He happened to see everything through a whole new perspective!
Its about what you choose.
You choose positive thoughts over the negative ones, be happy when others try to make you look/ feel miserable! That is the whole point of life!
He still has episodes of frustration about life and all for a few hours, he gets over them in a while, rather he forces himself to get over it.
He lost four years of his life while his friends and acquaintances are looking for jobs; while he is writing entrance exams to get into college now! (Yeah, he joined navy after 12th.)
Well, that’s life people; deal with it! You feel pleasure when you succeed. Where’s the fun when you always succeed with no ups and downs.
He accepted a mantra “THIS TOO SHALL PASS” which works always. When you are sad, you know that good times are just around the corner. If there are good times, it reminds me not to go overboard with success but be ready to fall anytime, always stay down to earth!
Now, he can’t run long distances, but when he attempts to run as much as he can (before the pain in his tibia sets in), he feels the happiest man on earth! He even is trying to run for a 10k run in his city this Oct-Nov. He can run upto 5 km as of now, it sure will be difficult to achieve the 10k mark, well that’s where the fun lies in!
He will be finishing his entrance tests by the first week of may!
Come November he shall remember the bad phase (He made is feel bad by his own choice, well he wasn’t enlightened by the kid then) and laugh over it and be proud of himself of how much he improved by choosing a positive attitude over a negative one!
Summing up he would tell you that, “You don’t have all the problems in the world! There is someone out there with worse issues that yours and is coping up better than yourself! If things don’t work out, you make them work- A car doesn’t drive on it’s own with you feeling morose that your car isn’t driving, it’s you who has to drive it!
I really do appreciate you reading through all this gruelling rambling, even my granny doesn’t ramble this much! I just felt like writing this, and don’t worry, I’ve got a few crazy posts ahead! This crazy insane person who embarrasses himself everywhere has gone nowhere. He is right here thinking for which crazy stuff he could write about!
I would like to know how you felt after reading this! Thank you!
^^ Let me reveal a secret I haven’t told anybody but I wish to let everyone know … All these pics you see in this post… I got them from google 🙂