Through grit and determination alone,
he could find the opening.
Linking to Sue Vincent’s Write Photo prompt
“Hey Judy, what are you waiting for? Just close your eyes and take the leap of faith into the water.” She remembered her coach’s words from a few years ago.
Suffering from a weak heart and a host of other medical conditions over the years, Judy had given up hope of living a normal life let alone dream of getting into the swimming pool.
But with her steely determination, support from her family and her team of doctors, she began her process of recovery so much so that she could go on to represent her state at the Swimming Championships.
“You need to have the courage to follow your dreams and climb the steps to your goal. You can crib all day long about what you don’t have. Or instead, you can pursue your dream and live life on your own terms. It’s your choice.”
In a country without a history of fencing, Malti had carved out a niche for herself by winning numerous tournaments. And now, she had to move out of India for a few years to train and realize her dream of representing the country.
She knew that it was time to take the leap of faith.
I can’t really get over the experience of watching the Bollywood flick – ‘Neerja‘. It’s the story of Neerja Bhanot, a 22 year old senior flight purser who died but not until she had saved more than 340 lives when 4 terrorists hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi way back in 1986.
Though she was young, she taught all of us so much about humanity and love that even the oldies could have learnt a lesson or two. The courage and thinking which she displayed in the time of despair was unmatched.
Rather than differentiating passengers based on their caste, creed, religion, region, gender and so on, she went all out to save each and everyone. It was as though even fear got scared looking her in the eye. She could have been the first one to escape but instead chose to stay on until every passenger had been evacuated safely.
While she was awarded by India, Pakistan and USA, her legacy lives on with the Neerja Bhanot Award which is given to a woman who has fought injustice in society with determination.
Linking to Microblog Mondays
And here goes another of my favourite quotes.
Have you ever wanted something so badly that you could go all out to achieve it? Have you ever been so determined to get that one job? Have you ever waited for that one break to kick start your creative career as a musician, artist, writer and the likes? Have you ever studied with as much dedication as you could to pass the entrance exams to the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs)?
We all dream for success and happiness in every walk of life. Moreover, everyone also dreams of being famous and rich. But then, is it only dreams that lead us to success? Does success easily come to those who dream? How important is it to dream? Let’s check it out.
Dreams are thoughts, ambitions, aspirations, images and sensations which occur in our mind during sleep as well as times when we are awake. There are different types of dreams.
“You are unable to even walk properly. How do you even think you will be able to run?” He had heard such statements innumerable times since his life changing accident.
But David’s spunk and determination to succeed against all odds had taken him to the podium for the 100m dash at the Paralympics.
As he accepted the medal, his entire journey of struggles and hardships flashed in front of his eyes.
Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – June – My post no 4 for this month.
While the rich slept on hard mattresses, all she had was just a few sheets to protect her from the hard ground below next to the main street.
What she did have in abundance though was the determination to succeed and rise up the career ladder through hard work and extreme dedication.
Short of resources, she always had to borrow cash to fulfill her basic needs. With every trouble she faced, she was motivated to study doubly hard to get a good score in her MBA entrance exams.
And today, she finally sleeps on those hard mattresses in luxurious rooms she could only dream off a couple of years back.
Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – January) – My post no 17 for this month.
“The crop has been destroyed due to the amount of snowfall we got this year. Wonder how I will feed my children.”
Lucy sighed as she walked slowly towards her fields. While she appeared frail with wrinkles starting to make their presence felt on her once beautiful face, she was a strong willed lady. From the time she was born, she was treated differently since she was a girl. But being the rebel she was, she always did things her own way. As was always the case, she knew that her dogged determination would help get out of this calamity.
Written as part of Friday Fictioneers prompt