Z for Zeal!!

      “I can't do it anymore mom” cried Jane as she stepped down from the stage. She had tried enough. She had suffered enough and now she could do it no more. She wanted to stop it all, the fear, and the humiliation! She would do it no more. She had decided to quit and no amount of coaxing from her mother could change her mind. The fame she loved dearly had become her enemy now.

       Jane was known for her sweet voice. When she sang, the crowd went mad. She was the singing sensation of her college. She was envied by everyone. And Jane enjoyed all this until the day when fate turned the tables for ever. Jane had been returning from one of her practice sessions, extremely happy about the upcoming concert that she would be performing in a few days. She was so lost in her dream world that she didn't notice the car until it was too late! That day she had lost her legs and was confined to the wheel chairs for lifetime. The blow was too much to take for and Jane had started to sink into her shell. She feared facing people and slowly she gave up her passion. She wouldn't perform anymore even after successive persuading from her mom and her teacher.

       One morning her teacher arrived at her home and asked her to accompany him to somewhere. He promised her she would love it. Jane had so many questions in her mind but she quietly followed him for she knew he always wished well for her. She had let him down when she had quit and she thought this was the least she could do. After an hour long journey, they reached a school for handicapped. At first Jane panicked thinking she would be left here but her teacher had different plans. As they walked in Jane noticed children of different ages, every one having some or other ailments. There was a boy who couldn't see but he was learning to write. A girl, younger than her had lost her hands and she was learning to write by holding pen in between her toes. There were many children like this who despite of being handicapped, were living life with Zeal. A lump formed in her throat as she saw them.

       At that moment her teacher faced her and said “Challenges are a part of life. Life doesn't end when something unfortunate happens. It ends when you give up. See these kids, they all are facing some or other difficulties but they never gave up. They don’t bother about what people think about them. They just want to live their life to the fullest. That is the kind of zeal you should have Jane. That’s what makes life worthwhile” Jane was finally understanding what her teacher was saying. She felt it was silly that she gave up her talent thinking people will mock her. She walked out as a stronger person, someone with zeal to live her life to the fullest without being afraid of people anymore.

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PS: Linking this post to the A-Z Challenge and Ultimate Blog Challenge April 2014.

Until the next post,
Keep Smiling :)

Swathi :)

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