Who do you want to be?
Feb 22, 2019-
When I was five, my neighbours said that being a boy was a big deal. So I stepped out to the balcony and peed like a boy. To my bad fortune, I fell from the balcony that day but when I look back, it wasn’t the balcony I fell from, it was life.When I was eight, I was asked to remove my black crayon because it looked ugly. Not realizing that it would be my favorite colour someday, I threw it away. But what did it give me? Nothing but prejudice.
When I was 10, I was told that being strong meant victimising others though physical power, so I transformed myself from the ‘runchi’ in class to the ‘lady Singham’. But what did I gain? Nothing but hatred and suffering.
When I was 12, I was told that being beautiful was about the number of boys who followed you around and type of look you had, so I had cut my hair into freaky styles, which I will never in my life do again.
When I was 14, I was told that being mature meant to break norms and criticise others so I started judging people while doing whatever seemed correct to me. I live in a family of eight, where I have five siblings other than me. People always asked me to become the next Einstein, Paulo, Steve or even Chaudhary, but what I was never asked was to become the first Shreya and turn the world around.
The worst part wasn’t to be a bad student, bad child or even a bad example, but to never have someone by your. Sometimes, transformation is an illusion. All our lives we thrive to become someone we’re not, trying to impress and satisfy others, not knowing that the most important thing is to satisfy and impress ourselves. The question that we needed to ask ourselves everyday wasn’t ‘Will it make them happy?’ but ‘Will it make me happy?’
We live in a world where you want to become a model but do not say it to your friend, afraid if someone will laugh in your face, or a footballer, afraid if someone will question your talent, or a writer afraid if someone will question your vision. But we need to be able to say to them that being successful isn’t about victory or luxury, nor is it about having amazing savings in your bank. It is about having satisfaction in your heart. When you’re able to say without hesitation who you are and what you want to be, you’ll realise that whatever you were seeking was right there within you.
Remember, you are beautiful underneath your own skin. It’s okay to look at the mirror and smile despite the size of your thighs, the colour of your skin or the number of pimples on your face. It is okay to feel beautiful because beauty isn’t measured by perfection but vision. It’s okay to have bad grades, it is okay to travel far and it is okay to do whatever you want to do, because it’s your choice. It’s either go bold or go home. Always remember that it’s not your life, it’s you that is life.
Grade: 9 ‘A’
Reliance International Academy, Kapan
Published: 22-02-2019 10:55