Before you groan at how you have to brave traffic or crowded public transport to reach work, pause and read the recent post featuring famous dancer and actress Sudha Chandran on Humans of Bombay's Facebook page.
The page, inspired by the Humans of New York, posts inspirational stories of ordinary people who have overcome obstacles to reach their goals. And Chandran’s story of how losing her foot was “a blessing in disguise” will put your troubles in perspective.
Chandran speaks about she began to dance from and early age and how it was her life's greatest passion. She even chose to join the Arts stream after Std 10 instead of Science, despite standing first, because she wanted to pursue her dancing. However, everything changed when the bus she was travelling in met with an accident.
“(It) left me with a fracture and some cuts — I was probably the least injured there. However, because of the heavy influx of patients, I was attended to by a couple of interns who forgot to attend to the cut on my right ankle and went ahead to wrap it up. This resulted in my foot getting gangrene and because of the fear of it spreading throughout my body, my parents had to take the difficult decision of amputating my right foot. I was shattered,” reads the post.
It took her four months to learn to walk straight, and another three years of physiotherapy after she was fitted with a prosthetic Jaipur foot. Visitors would come to her home and pity her but that only made her more determined to reclaim her life.
Chandran braved it all and went on to not only recover but also perform on stage again wither her prosthetic leg. She rebuilt her dancing career and also stared in a movie based on her life. Her inspiring story has already received more than 35,000 likes and about 3,000 shares in the 16 hours since it was published.
As one Facebook user puts it while quoting her father, “"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it".
So, what are you waiting for? Go, fulfill your dreams!
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