Doing an Executive MBA is not something which is extraordinary! I mean people can do and they do. But, in my case it was extraordinary or you can say I say it “extraordinary” because i feel it! It was an extraordinary achievement not because it came along with balancing a 9–5 job with a 6.30 to 9.30pm & beyond class but it came at a time when I had decided to QUIT!
Having 3 surgeries back to back including a brain surgery followed by depression of 1.5years because of complete right side facial palsy resulting into permanent loss of smile, battling rejections in the form of my own acceptance or from others, facing body shaming (which continues even today), being dumped after a 4 year long relationship all at the same time, I never thought that i would complete it & will come out with flying colours. But, they say where there is a will, there is a way! & yes, indeed joining this prestigious B School, spending the three years there, seeing the confidence in the eyes of the teachers which I myself had lost it somehow, transformed me & it did it for good! I will always feel short of words to thanks this wonderful place to provide a platform to think big & to have an opinion on anything!
I always wanted to write and tell world my “story” just not because I wanted to gain sympathy or to prove anyone otherwise but just because i feel that if i can do it, anyone suffering through any kind of problem can do whatever they wish to achieve at any point of their life. You just have to believe in yourself, decide in what thing you want to invest yourself in when the world seems to fall apart, keep yourself busy rather than being anxious all the time, make yourself like that if it feels like putting your strong face next morning no matter you cried in the night before, JUST DO IT! Don’t self-pity. Shit happens with everyone. It was you this time, sometimes later it can be anyone else. So, please stop waking up and wishing I would have been somebody else! Indeed, stay true to who you are, be you! There are still many people who crave to get a life what we have be it a basic primary education for their children or food for just one day at a time.So, stop complaining to God that “why me!” when one can afford once treatment at least!
Just make the hell out of yourself,fall,rise,fall & get back to work again.Emotional resilience is not build in a single day but it takes long-term investment.In my case,I invested myself in studies parallely to challenge myself along with investment in my health and building relationships with people who mattered most to me at that time.But at the same time also,Do whatever makes you happy.Like I started travelling and reading a lot of good books on any topic of my interest.Don’t be too harsh on yourself.Spent quality time with people who lift you up.Be humble.Trust GOD.Treat yourself well.Love yourself but don’t live in a dreamy world.Life is unpredictable,so don’t take anything for granted & as i have a life before & life after this,i have came to understand that “being in the moment,putting your best feet forward in one thing at a time,always trying to be your best version & comparing yourself to your own being” can do wonders to anyone.
Be your own hero because “it’s really all in the mind”.And there is always a silver lining beyond the dark tunnel!
Submitted by vandana