"A person’s worth comes not from what they can achieve, but from their basic humanity. We do not need to prove anything to be loved, respected & cared for!"
“Some personal issues during the lockdown opened my eyes to the importance of financial independence in a woman’s life. Leaving that situation & trying to pave a way out was not an easy fleet. During these tough, confusing times, my career was my zen.
I’m a pediatric dentist and I specialize in treating special-needs children. I still fondly think about my first differently-abled patient- 4 year old boy. He had a special light inside of him...always happy and never complaining, his smile was truly contagious! He probably wasn’t even aware of the condition he had (Down Syndrome) and was an exceptionally polite and gleeful child.
He taught me 2 lessons:
1) You do not need any intellectual or material achievement to be a happy, kind person.
A person’s worth comes not from what they can achieve, but from their basic humanity. We do not need to prove anything to be loved, respected & cared for!
2) Not everything is in your control
My patient, quite literally, did not choose to be born with his condition. Similarly, there are situations in life that are simply beyond us. I’ve learnt to let go of them, embrace & make the most of whatever’s in my hands.
These learnings have positively impacted all areas of my life, big or small. As a lean woman, I’ve been subjected to unsolicited comments & questions about my weight throughout my life. Judgements and criticism used to have a negative impact on my body image, but not anymore. As long as I am healthy, I am a happy and content individual!
I have lived a life with sour days but those sour days made me love myself more and that is something I really uphold now.”