‘‘I MIGHT BE SLOW BUT I WILL KEEP MY FLOW,I WILL NOT STOP TILL I REACH THE TOP’’
1630hrs, 11 Dec 2004, routine discharge of my duties and then, an explosive blast. I still remember the first question that crossed my mind on realization that I’d lost a lower limb,“ Will I be able to walk ever again on my legs ?” A question ; that shook me to the core of my being, haunted and infused a plethora of thoughts that led to psychological entanglement in my cerebrum . My journey ; long and arduous, began from there.
Being in my early twenties , a hardcore military trained fresher and possessing a ‘Never Say Die Attitude’ ensured that my confidence did not wave , even once. Post two and half years of hospitalization and with the unstinted support of my better half (both pre and post marriage) as well as family members, I was back on track in my professional as well as personal life.
At this juncture; there was a self-realization , that I must channelize my energy levels to make sure that adrenaline as well as ego of the sportsman, bubbling inside me, gets pacified. This resulted into triggering of the process of hallucination and as a result I started dreaming.
The turning point finally came 13 years after commencement of my journey, with a thought that tinkered lobes of my brain. A new quest had commenced, and that was, how to bridge the gap between the dream and the action?
And the answer that I found while walking on this path was ; the fire in my belly must burn brighter than the fire around me in this journey, no matter how many hurdles & challenges come in my way. And thus, I formulated a 4D mantra for myself – Dedication, Desire, Devotion and Discipline.
After falling down at least for thousand times, I picked myself up and as of today have more than 20 marathons to my credit including 5 km, 10 km & 21 km with my artificial leg. Due to some complications in geometry of my amputated stump , something known as blades are beyond fitment in my case. But one thing that I have realized very later in my life ; God is great and survive all the odds that come your way with smile and passion .This will surely help you to emerge as a ‘Winner’.
“By taking pride in what I am, and persistent push towards excellence” is the mantra that I believe; will lead me to reach the pinnacle, where I would be able to transform at least a single soul and help out to live with pride and dignity.
I hope that my obsession of walking on this path , will encourage and inculcate an attitude that will enable people like me, who are also striving to rise above this psychoanalytic paradigm , to find a ray of light in their ultimate journey of life.
“DREAM TOO COME TRUE, IF THEY ARE CHASED WITH PERSEVERANCE”.