Meet A Living Legend
When you doubt yourselves and think you can't and you haven't enough resources to do something or achieve your goal. Then the further story or information which I am going to share with you may hit you hard and can even put you in shame. Often being complete human we tend to underestimate ourselves. We have the same legs, hands, eyes, ears, brains and only difference can be intelligence but is it enough to put us down?
What about a person who can excel in a particular sector even though they can't speak and listen, in fact, they represent nationals and have won some big achievements in their life, not only this motivated and trained other person and helped them to achieve the same and are still doing it?
This feels like a character from some fictional movie.
But let me introduce you to a Lady, yes a female who can't speak and listen yet became a top gymnast who won 10 gold medals, 23 silver medals, and 11 bronze medals in gymnastics in national level, and now she is acting as a coach and training athletes to achieve the same. And the most interesting part is that most of the national awards are won in the normal category, not in the Handicapped category, can you believe this? Her name is 'Anju Dua', firstly I respect her guts and dedication to improving the standard of sports and athletes.
She is from the Northern Indian state of Haryana. She was born mute and deaf. But after 4 years she used to play with normal kids and they had a gymnastics club nearby where most of the kids used to go and so she also joined them. The coach there saw young potential in her and encouraged her parents to let him train her and pursue her career in gymnastics as she has also an interest in it and was even competing with the normal kids. The parents agreed and slowly her name came to the limelight as even though being a handicapped she used to compete in the normal category and won several medals in that category.
Her Dedication To Sports
Due to competing with normal people, she became tough and an expert in this field.
She was later awarded the 'Arjuna award', the second-highest sports award in India. While playing she was offered a government job also which she refused as her main focus was to become a coach and bring value to the gymnastics sector which she greatly did.
She uses sign language to communicate with her students and has already trained more than 100 gymnasts at the national level.
An Example Of If Want Anything, Go Get It
Her example is enough to put great motivation in individuals as well as can put shame on many of us who are just talking, most of us say we will change this/that and focus on our goals but what we do, I don't have to tell you. Just a reminder for you and me that people especially women like these exist in the world. There were lots of hurdles to stop her from reaching her desired goal still she never gave up and worked hard till she achieved it.
Of course, she got good support from a coach as well as from her parents which some may not get but when you have goals like this, some forces will be there to lift you and some will be there to drop you down. Have a dedication so strong that even small support is enough to push you toward your goals.
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I felt very good and motivated learning about her and got reminded me of my place and actions. That I need a lot of correction in my life. And if I compare my life with hers, I have still more capabilities than her, it's just like as normal people we tend to think normal and act normal. While those people who suffer a lot think differently.
Also maybe there can be similar examples like her in your place. She isn't that famous but as you know she doesn't need the popularity, her work is enough for her and she will make a bigger name in future.
I respect and thank her a lot along with wishing more success to her. You aren't just making India proud. But the whole women, handicapped as well as the human community proud.