‘I will fail‘ or ‘I am gonna make it‘ are the two metaphors which define the fate of a ‘Turning point’. The turning point can be anything a moment, an action, a relationship, a word or sometimes the golden silence itself. However if one possesses the jewels of ‘Determination’ and ‘Hope’ then one can easily sail through these curves on the tour called life. This reminds me of a story which my grandpa had once narrated to me.
Once upon a time there was a girl, born and brought up in a small village. Her parents worked in the mines but were high-spirited who wanted the best for their child. The girl grew up living in the village and seeing her parents toil to make ends meet, which sometimes made her question herself if ever they would be able to lead a better life. As the time flew and the girl turned 15, her parents thought she should get better education and for that needs to be sent to a school which was located in the city pretty far from the village. With this they were also in a dilemma as they seldom were able to meet their ends in daily routine and were puzzled if this dream can be fulfilled keeping in mind the situation. However, after careful planning and advise from the village head, they could manage to fetch an admission for their daughter and soon the day had come when the girl was to leave for her new school.
As she was gathering her things along with her mom so as to have a comfortable journey, she anxiously asked her mother about the new school, how it will be, why it is said to be the best school, what if everyone there hated her and so on. Perceiving the child’s anxiety, mother replied the most simplest yet a thoughtful answer :”Just be determined and have hope rest leave to destiny and you can feel the magic.” Next day, the girl and her father reached the school.
The school was no less than what Harry Potter films depicted. It had nice colorful garden with landscapes, umpteen number of swings and a large play area. Few marble stone staircases lead to a massive building which was the ‘Academic section’. Adjacent to it was an igloo shaped structure bearing name ‘Library’. The girl was awestruck with the beauty of the school when suddenly she remembered her home in the village and her life there. This remembrance spooked her with the thought that probably her parents have asked for too much and might not be able to keep her here and if this happens, the most disappointed and hurt would be her parents. However she was scared to share her thoughts with her father thinking she might end up disrespecting his decision. Hence without further thinking about the outcome, she recalled what her mother had advised her before leaving home. This made the girl recollect her courage and after the initial formalities at the registration desk, she was asked to join other new entrants at the assembly hall since Dean was to address the kids soon with a welcome speech.
After exchanging pleasantries and orienting about the school, the Dean asked a question to the students “Why did you or your parents chose you to join this school and what the students thought of this decision??” The Dean also explained to the students that the answer which they are going to give now would shape their lives which is yet to be explored.
Soon the answers started rolling in, some of them were the most intellect while others were still too naive. By the time the girl’s chance came, she was dumbstruck and had forgotten what she thought of as would be her answer. Recollecting herself the girl submissively answered “Sir, I am sorry I forgot the answer which I had prepared few moments ago for the question which you have asked“. On hearing this, the Dean understood that the child is now petrified and might lose her confidence if not motivated. So, he told her to just prepare another answer and speak out the same once ready. Happy to see such an understanding and supportive Dean, she heaped herself and waited for her turn again. Now as her turn arrived to answer, she said “Sir, my parents have dreamt of me joining this school as this is considered to be the best for secondary education. And I consider this to be a ‘turning point’ in my life , since my parents have mortgaged every other dream of theirs only to fulfill this one which I know will be an arduous one for them” and further explained why she thought so.
Prudently analyzing the answer, the Dean asked her to explain how is she going to sustain herself here and make her parent’s dream come true? To this the girl responded “I will nourish my determination and hope along with hard work everyday come what may and leave the rest to destiny and I believe this will help me to make my parents dreams come true.”
Yes, isn’t it so true that each moment which we spend , every action we take, each word we speak, every relationship we have, every promise which we make and the life which we live provides us with our turning point(s) to consider it as either an opportunity or a disappointment.
The choice is ours as to whether we want to hang on there with our hard work, determination and hope, so that we can cherish and relish it saying “yes we have made it” or we can always sit back and whine about it feeling “oh lord, I failed”. Choose your option wisely and see the magic…