I may not have topped every class since I could spell A for Apple and B for Ball.
I may not have cracked the IAS.
I may not be an IIT graduate.
I may never have won a gold medal.
My picture may never appear in the newspaper for outstanding achievements.
And the only thing I know about Quantum Mechanics might be the spelling.
But I had wonderful parents and a sister.
I had a cheerful childhood.
I had an apt adolescence
I had a turbulent teenage, just the way it’s meant to be.
I had a life outside of classrooms and tuition centers.
I was given the option to read things other than textbooks and study materials.
I was given the option to dance to not just the tunes of an education system.
I was allowed to learn by rote poems and stories and not just math formulas and theory of Relativity.
I was learning about the solar system in class two for the joy of learning- not as a preparatory for the entrance exams 10 years later.
I was taught that ambition is important, but I was allowed to choose that ambition.
And that has made all the difference…*
*From The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.