Since my childhood...elocution, debates, extempore, group discussions were something that used to interest me a lot!! I would every year grab the trophy for the first place very proudly..:)
I was a bright student...but don't get any ideas here...no I was not a quiet and studious child (teacher's favorite...NO!!)...in fact I was the naughtiest brat in my class!! I hardly remember a single day when the teachers had no complains against me...but afterall that was what all the fun one should have in school...all that bachpana (which we now claim as immaturity!!)..:D
And as I told you earlier...I was very good at speeches..I stood for the elections for the post of school captain!! I had written a speech unlike others (which students hardly like to pay heed to as most of it is just fake!! ) But I had honestly written my bad points and how I promising I could be if given this respective position and the students loved what I said!! And I was elected the school captain by 97% votes in my favour!!
I think that was the beginning of my belief in living life on my own terms...
Its not as though I made a conscious effort to be different. I think that was the way I was brought up. I was always taught to think and act independently and to celebrate my individuality.
I've learnt a lot over the last decade. I've learnt that success is relative and whats more important is to give your best shot to what you choose to do...I've learnt to speak up my mind...to stand up for what is right...but most importantly...I've learnt that one should do things their own way...to respect yourself enough to dare to be who you are...because success is only success if achieved on your terms.
"In order to be irreplaceable, you must always be different." Is what I believe in...:)