A few years back, a person had asked me who I was. Considering that he must be joking by asking me such a silly question, I had replied sarcastically that it was time for him to consult a doctor after having forgotten my name within two minutes. The man smiled at me and said that he had asked a difficult question to a thirteen-year-old perhaps out of his endeavour to make me stand out in the crowd. I had thought years back that this man was mad!
For the last three years, I have been unintentionally pondering over the question that the man had asked me that day.
Who am I?
As I spend hours over this question, I come up with the same answer every time – I come up without an answer.
In an effort to live up to the expectations of my family and my teachers, I realise I have lost myself somewhere in the sands of time.
As I don’t have the right to think for myself, I don’t have the right to take my own decisions. As I don’t have the right to take my own decisions, I don’t have the right to speak my own words. As I don’t have the right to speak my own words, I don’t have the to execute my own actions. As I don’t have the right to execute my own actions, I don’t have the right to be humane even though I’m a human being.
Frankly speaking, life has thrown in ample opportunities to mechanize me into a robot. However, in the tug of war between my heart and my brain, my heart fortunately won by inches. Today, my heart has the ability to overpower my brain. Yesterday I was lost among the crowd. Today, that man has made me stand in the forefront by recognizing my inner self.
Thus, today I can say it with pride that I am Strong because I know what it feels like to be Weak.
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