Tuesday, 14 April 2015

The Road Not Taken!

It has always been the toughest question to answer for any school student.

“WHAT SHOULD I PURSUE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?”.

Though many choose based on their parents’ call, Akhila wanted to go by Robert frost’s words, “The Road Not Taken’. When she was 12 years old, she met a group of people who had come to her school for a lecture on treating people with disabilities.

Impressed with their speech, she went up to them and asked, “If I want to help people with disability as you all do, what should I study?”.

Prompt came the reply, “Speech Language Pathology and Audiology!”.

 Years passed by and time had come for Akhila to decide about her career. The interest was still within her to take up that wonderful profession. When she spoke about this to her parents, her dad did not approve of it and instead wanted her to join the mad race of Engineers. In addition to that, nobody in the family as well as her friends proved to be motivating. Some of the responses were:

“Oh! Are you going to study sign language?? Why do you need 4 years for that?” followed by irritating giggles that made her want to slap them right away.

“You will be looked down upon by everyone; it is a less money earning field” or

“You have to stay in hostel, away from your parents”.

 Nobody really cared how she felt, but her heart kept telling her that this was what she must take up. Akhila convinced her parents somehow that she would go on to study this no matter what people say because she liked it. Finally she treaded along ‘The Road not Taken’.

Today she holds a Masters in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. In the past 7 years Akhila has given speech therapy for many children plagued with disabilities. One day, as she was walking on the road,  suddenly a small girl ran upto her suddenly, hugged her and initiated a casual talk with her. It was none other than one of her clients at her college for whom she had given speech therapy for 3 years.

The mother approached Akhila and held her hand, with tears streaming from her eyes and said “People like my daughter deserve the chance to build a life for themselves and you gave her ONE!”.
Akhila was overwhelmed. She has been the light to someone’s life. What else could one ask for, when what one does gives satisfaction to him and a new life to others. She felt happy to have followed her heart’s call despite the people criticising her decision.

Follow your heart; Follow your dreams and happiness will follow!


 After all the cost of not following your heart, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had!

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