“I lost my dad to an unfortunate event during my 6th grade. Until then. I was this carefree guy without a worry in my head. But this rude shock shook my core. I was left untethered and I took a bullet to my mental health. It started deteriorating with time and it was a miracle that I even passed my 12th. I would later come to know that I was diagnosed with dyslexia and it greatly alters my grasping capacity. I struggled a lot in life and college was no different! I had to move to a different city and start life anew. I landed my first job in a BPO and things slowly started improving.
My dad was the person everyone looked up to. He never differentiated between people and it was a pleasant vibe to be with him. I knew that I had to carry my father’s lineage forward so I began to participate in volunteering activities actively. Starting with blood donation camps and hosting campaigns for different causes, I started to take part in all of these and more.
It helped me render some meaning and purpose to my life. With time I wanted to start a business venture but everyone around me discouraged me so badly saying that I would never make it. Today I am heading several walks with volunteer groups where we collect plastic waste from different public places, sell them and with the collected money sponsor education for the rag picker’s kids.
Looking back now, I feel that the lesson I take forward in life is to never put someone down. You don’t need to motivate them but one can refrain from belittling the other person. It does far greater damage than you can imagine.”
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