Each of us has, at some point in time in our lives, received life advice from our personal life coaches – parents, siblings, teachers, mentors, kids, the vegetable vendor or the stranger sitting on the adjacent seat on the flight. Something that moved you, changed you or made a difference to your perspective forever. India Pages brings to you these slices of life, shared by people from all walks of life … Writers, Photographers, Artists, Television Producers, Hands-on mommies, Entrepreneurs, and Engineers …. Meet Rekha Kumar
Life is like that notepad. We write a few lines, tear a couple of pages, scribble in some or end up drawing a beautiful picture
When my friend told me to write a few lines about the best advice I have received that changed my life, I was as blank as this paper that I tore from my daughter’s note pad. Life is like that note pad. We write a few lines, tear a couple of pages, scribble in some or end up drawing a beautiful picture.
I am a class teacher who teaches children the curriculum they need to cover and along with that, I teach them to be remarkable citizens of the world. I am that special person.
Rewind a few years and I would say that differently. Timid, would be an apt word. Brought up by conservative grandparents and shaped by possessive parents, I never had the chance or courage to be ME (did I even know who ‘ME’ was back then?).
Fast Forward and I leave my/the city I was born in and move to God’s Own Country, only to start a new life. Just like I tore the page out of the notepad from my daughter’s notepad, my father was torn away from his daughter’s life. My father’s passing transformed me. I learned that nothing in this life lasts forever – not even chocolate! It was metamorphosis. From a timid being, I became audaciously bold, a good listener and fun to be with. Probably all this change was to help my mother be the same.
Studies, marriage, children, financial and emotional issues – they did not quite come in that order, except for marriage and children. Over the years, I became either comfortably numb with everything around me or I have learnt that life melts away fast like chocolate. Considering my love for the different flavours of chocolate, it is definitely the latter. “Enjoy life” is my motto. Oh, how I used to despise that word!
But I have realised when a person is going through physical, financial or emotional distress, being frustrated will not allow you to fathom the situation. Instead, cry a bit, calm down and smile.
Life itself has transformed me to be the person I am today. I started off like the blank page, but now I have filled it with a few reminders, footnotes, a couple of dried spots of tears, lots of smiley faces, drawn and coloured a beautiful picture. Though not vocally, that is the best advice I have received…..
That too much pressure will burn you…That everybody gets a second chance, so get a hold and start living. ENJOY life.
About Rekha Kumar
Rekha Kumar lives in Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa, with her husband and 2 lovely teens. Has been passionate about teaching for 11 years now. Presently she is teaching at Phoenix International Primary School. During my “free” time, she loves to bake and take photographs. Does a little embroidery when she can.