When we learn to accept ourselves the way we are,
Half of our battles,
Yes! half of them,
have we already won…
I am perched upon the edge of a brittle branch
holding on to it as long as I can
waiting for a brisk autumnal breeze
to pluck and carry me away,
away from my little abode…
And I’m afraid of this wave of change
Of what it will bring to a delicate thing like me
Ambiguity surrounds me
as I twist and twirl
and make several turns,
cross endless boundaries
and swing to and fro
to finally rest on the ground…
And there I found
many more like me
lying there lifeless
wanting to explore
but waiting for a push…
Just then, I was airlifted
the sun glowing through my translucence
not blinding me with its brightness
but adding to my undiscovered glimmer
I found myself at a height,
I doubted I could ever reach
that those who dare to fly
can only achieve…
Alas! the moment didn’t last long
as I glided off towards the world beneath,
twisting and twirling again
But now I wasn’t afraid
Cause’ I have seen the ‘lift’
and I have seen the ‘glide’
And I have seen the spiritless
and I dared to take a chance
I dared to be different…
I looked out of the window
The sky always made me smile
I grew up admiring the luminescence of the stars; the sobriety of the moon
The gravity of the moon attracted me; and the twinkling of the stars…
As if called me to a new and curious realm
Still undiscovered, still unexplored
My life was up there
As I wanted to touch the glittering sky…
It was not that easy
The workout was herculean
100 push-ups; 100 crunches; 100 sit-ups
And a 100 degree-s of qualification
is not enough
It requires confidence, courage and self-motivation
Of which all I was still lacking
So I closed my eyes;
Searched my heart
And finally found the brighter side…
I remember the pats on my back
when I completed my first task at NASA
And of course, the conventional remarks of society
which tried to pull back a star
rising and shooting with aspirations.
So, I pulled forward, pulled and pulled
And broke myself of the chains
that held me in bondage.
Now, here I am
Standing at the base of a space shuttle
Which reads, “COLUMBIA”
Wearing a bulky and bright orange space suit
Smiling at the cameras
And making headlines before I
finally touch the sky…
First woman of Indian origin,
Kalpana Chawla, I am
to live my dreams
finally touch the sky…
People who ask me, why I shine
To them I answer
That, I glow because the desire to achieve kindles determination in me…
Yes! It’s the desire and potential that we, hold within us
That can make us reach tremendous heights
It requires a little spark of empowerment
And you will be left wondering
about what we can achieve.
Clouds came in my life
with rain and thunder then;
now they add hues to my sky
of hope and happiness…
I stepped into the metal container
And saw a dream come true
Of a million small girls
Who dreamt like me
I realized I was a star.
And with my own light
I was illuminating the path
Of a million small girls
Who dreamt like me…
The poem is written in first person to make women realize that they could be the protagonist. Every women can be Kalpana Chawla; successful, independent and the idol of remembrance and inspiration till posterity.
We have recently been into some social work, though I don’t like putting it forward as “work”. We have really mixed in with these three young sisters, who we teach with so much passion and hope.
These three have taught me how to shake it off and LIVE when things are not in favor; smile everyday like never before; challenge the people who think you are less and walk with dignity wherever you go.
The three of them always greet me every morning with a pleasant “Good morning, Didi” which by magic, drives away all my stress and makes the start of my day all the more cheery.
Two days ago, we celebrated the birthday on one of these girls. We did cake cutting, put on some music and had a mighty energetic dance followed by a tired bunch of us. French fries, juices, pizzas, etc had really satiated our hunger.
After few days, when I asked the eldest one what she wanted to become when she grows up, the reply was touching. It left me pondering.
She said, “I want to be like Ma’am (My Mom). Yes! I want to become a teacher. She has taught us passionately and taken so much pain and effort to get us admitted in a school. I have full gratitude for her and that being inspired by her; when I grow up, I would like to help others the way she helped us…”
Analyzing the reply, I realized that how one humanitarian act leads to another; how one moral value inculcated in a person leads to virtue and optimism in and around; how a leader can actually inspire and influence the world…
The world really needs good people who can lead; lead to a greater, habitable and morally invincible society…Let’s try to be one.
Neither an orator, nor a speaker. A man does not always need to socialize to lead a happy and cheerful life. This is where an extraordinary mind of an ordinary introvert sets in as an ideal example.
An introvert should not be confused as a shy person; he uses his oratory skills wisely by responding only when required. He neither pours out his words like torrential rainfall, nor does he keep himself in isolation or is deserted.
Introverts are more focused and determined. Therefore, their productivity is higher than that of a normal or talkative person.
Scientific research has proven that people who talk less, often have vivid imagination and creative minds along with prodigious problem solving capacity.
An introvert has the power or ability to think out of the box and generally, expresses himself through writing, art or music. This quality of his sets him apart from others. His method of expression does not go useless either, instead it captures the attention of many and recognized by the society as ‘masterpiece’.
Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Bill Gates, Sir Isaac Newton, Mark Zuckerberg…
Yes! All of them are some of the most famous introverts of the world; and they have made history; they have done what nobody else did before…
Introverts are self-sufficient and independent people. They make, create and destroy their life all by themselves. If nobody is there to hold their hand, they walk by themselves. They have peace of mind and solitude, which is why, they don’t pick up fights or quarrel with anybody often.
They have a mechanism of their own- own joy, own sorrow, own ways, own rules and nobody to blame.
People think that as they do not share their emotions verbally, they might be very weak, broken or gullible, but actually its otherwise. Introverts are emotionally and mentally very strong people because they have learnt self-control and tolerance. They have real sharp minds as they are observant and perceive everything that goes around them. These are the real intelligent and clever people who notice all the little things and have studied life more deeply than the rest of the world. They are actually, a treatise on the philosophy of the living world.
It is no doubt, that I am proud to be an introvert; and love to express myself and my perspectives through writings and art. I am pretty happy with the success I have achieved till date and continue to strive for perfection.
No introvert should consider himself as inferior or disconnected from the outer world. Because you are a really precious and exquisite gem for the world. The world needs peace; the world needs introverts.
“No one can beat an introvert, if he is determined and holds a strong will power to make his own way through the crowd with courage”
Start each day with a grateful heart…