We all have some problems in our lives. It varies person to person. Having problem in life is very normal. Nobody has a perfect life. The most important thing is that how we deal with the problems or how positively we are facing them. Today I’m going to share a short but inspirational story of a girl, the ever smiling girl.
This is a real story which I heard about a year ago from a girl. That morning I was waiting for the train at the Shyamnagar railway station (Shyamnagar is a small town at West Bengal in India) to go to my coaching classes like every other day. I saw that a little girl was coming towards the platform in a hurry with a heavy school bag to catch the train. This is a common scenario during office hours at the railway that station people are running towards the station to catch the train. She was looking like a 12 to 13 year old girl reading in 7th or 8th standard. One thing that I found special in that girl is her innocent and sweet smile.
As soon as she reached to the platform train arrives. Both of us including many other people step into the train with lots of struggle like winning a short battle as a huge crowd is trying to get into the train at a time. No empty seats were there as usual I found a corner and stand there. After few minutes I noticed that little girl with never ending smile was standing beside me in that crowded train compartment.
I asked her name and which class did she read. She replied her name is Puja and she was in 10th standard, preparing for her board exams and she is 15 years old. She used to travel 2hours to reach the school and to return from school to home another 2 hours were needed. I was quite shocked to know that a little girl of her age travels for 2 hours to go to the school every day alone. This is just the beginning when I listened to her story I was completely shocked.
Her story was like this there are there are 3 members in her family her mother, her younger brother and herself. Her father was died when she was a 5 or 6 years of age. Puja’s mother had been selling fruits and vegetables beside Shyamnagar railway station to meet their daily expenses. However, one day when she was returning back home she had fallen down from the running train and got severe injury in her head and legs. Almost for 8-9 months she was unable to get up from the bed. Family was suffering from financial crisis. At that time her brother who was only 12 or 13 years old leaved his school and started to do work in a factory to support his family financially in the crucial time. He took the burden of expenses of his mother’s treatment and her sister’s education also. For his hard work and sacrifice Puja was able to continue her education without missing a single year.
After hearing the story I was speechless how a girl who had faced so many bad things in her life always keep smiling as well as be calm and positive. That time I saw tears in her eyes for few seconds but that innocent and sweet smile was also there on her face. I asked about her mother’s health. Puja replied that her mother was well and able to walk again and her head injury was also recovering. After that she told me her dream is to a teacher and to continue her brother’s education.
After that the reached the station and both of us were gone towards our destinations. I never met with her again but I want to meet her and say thanks to her for giving me such an inspiration and positivity towards life. I don’t know whether she is able to continue her studies or not. I always wish for her bright future and happy life.
One thing that inspired me most was Puja’s positive attitude towards life. Her smile never fades from her lips. She is an ever smiling girl with an inspiration to others. She was not complaining about what she did not have or cursing her luck as we often do when things are not going well in our life. She was happy with only 10 rupees per day (5 rupees for traveling and 5 rupees for food during lunch break) which is given to her by her brother. Although she had some hope and dream of a better life in future for her family and herself.
Puja’s will power and positivity inspires me too much. My mother always tells that there is no age limit for learning we can learn at the age of 6 or 60 from anybody whether that person is younger or elder one. I learned two lessons from Puja that day. Number one we should value what we have in our life and be happy with them rather than being unhappy all the time what we don’t have. Number two how to be positive in tough times of our life.
One more things I want to mention is the maturity of Puja’s brother. In that age a very few boys can take such a step. Leaving his education and start working not only snatches his education but also his childhood had lost also.
Thousands of girls like Puja and boys like her brother are present in India who are ruining their childhood for lack of money. Government should take some effective steps to protect the childhood of these children. They are the future of our country.
We should feel very lucky that we don’t have to face that kind of situation. We have so many things in available in our lives to feel happy. We just need to realize it and discard negative thoughts from our lives.
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