Sometimes, the guidance we seek is right in front of our eyes or around us in the form of our loved ones who always try to fill us with hope and optimism as well as positive thoughts. Just being together with them gives you a feeling of revival and freshness and makes you feel lucky and alive.
My maternal grandfather would visit us for few days once in a while, for he stayed in another state but I did not interact much with him or rather I would say I did not had a chance to converse deeply with him mainly because I was a kid that time. However, when I was in the first year of my Masters course, I met him again after sometime and he was as full of exuberance as ever. I remember that cool and breezy evening when we both had coffee and snacks in my room and he was all ears to what I had to say and how my life was going. Just like any other youth, I was slightly nervous about my forthcoming professional and personal life but when I spent that evening with him, I felt as if a new dawn had kissed me with its warm rays full of hope and optimism and I could see the frost of my doubts disappearing like fog.
His entire persona was awesome; being a retired Army man (from education core) he was not only quite erudite but also very polished and dignified. Despite being an expert of Economics and Mathematics, his command over English was enviable. Let me recall that evening. The way he handled my doubts still remains fresh in my mind. He told me not to be too-apologetic and extra-forgiving just because I am a girl, and to maintain my self-respect at all costs. He told me that I should rely only upon my own confidence and hope, and that armed with education I will make something better of myself. He advised that I should always stay away from mediocrity and save myself from getting into the mundane drudgery of a domestic life. His concepts were clear; he explained that the real meaning of being educated is to open up and liberate oneself from the mental blocks and avoid being myopic. He himself never even thought of preventing his own daughters (my mother and her sister) from pursuing any course(s) they wished to.
That evening, he made many of my doubts clear and in a very simple way made me understand that one should not be afraid at all about chasing his/her dreams. His charm and polish as well as the grace with which he carried himself years after retirement were really appealing. Though later also we interacted many times, that one conversation with him remains fresh in my mind till date. Just being around with him filled me (and cousins too) with motivation and confidence. Such is the power of being together!
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