This way for "Inspiration" please ----->
There was this golden time of my life when I didn't look around for inspiration of any sort. (Great! Now I've got you thinking this is a boastful post from a conceited B*&#H. I'm not like that - at least, not anymore - LOL!) I was supremely confident, content with all aspects of life. Obviously, that didn't last long. At least, not long enough for me (and I became human again). This brought me back to doing more normal things like introspection, looking around for opportunities, ideas, and even - Inspiration. If you are in a similar state of mind that could use some positively supercharged energy, then please step this way please ---> (Er....basically just keep reading)
Introducing............*drumroll* My childhood friend, Dr. See (soon to be - if you have to get technical. And staying with technical, that's a truncated part of her name) Hey! So, this babe and I went to High School together. She was into science and wanted to become a doctor. Had a pretty decent score, but not the absolute top of the tops marks that were (and still are) needed in India to secure medical college admission.
A decent college I mean. You know - clean loos, prof.'s actually teaching stuff across some 24+ benches, labs with necessary liquids and fluids (just checking if you are still paying attention) and so on, I guess. Yeah! I can only guess - never set foot in a medical college, you see.
But lets get back to the her story. The other option to securing above 97% aggregate was to pay up anywhere between Rs.5,00,000 - Rs. 8,00,000) Or, you would have to belong to a Backward Class, Tribe or Scheduled Caste or Tribe, be below the poverty line or all of the above. Don't even try making sense of that previous sentence. It is true, it is factual - that doesn't mean it has to make sense. At least not in the Indian Education System. (Phew! A huge relief to call potshots at what squeezed the life out of me). None of those applied to her, so she resigned to graduating as a Masters in Computers Applications. It is prestigious and was very well paying too. More so, since a few years later, she landed here in the US post marriage. Fast forward few more years and she found herself the wife of a doting husband, mother to a beautiful young daughter, but unfortunately the haggard employee of a life sucking software company too. One fine day, she made up her mind. That's it. Quit IT and started taking up qualifying courses to ........ get into Medical School!
Two years since that fine day, she found herself writing exams to get into Medical school, shuttling between lab hours, study groups AND nursing her one year old son! Childbirth and that too for the second time can tire out the strongest of women. It wasn't easy the second time around. I know personal details I cannot share here - but can tell you this much - most women would've broken down for what she went through just for the second child, let alone pursue any school; Far less medical school. But she stuck through it and guess what? A year later, she did just that - walked into a Medical School. No age bar, no class (tribe?) restrictions, no capitation fee funding.
Sheer hard work, commitment & daring to dream has Dr. See doing her residency now in Greater NY Area. And of course, a wonderfully cooperative family. They've moved some three states so far.
We had many some lively phone conversations during these years. Once, I remember teasing her saying, "Aha! out to make some big bucks, are we?" She wasn't amused, "Cheh! you think so too? (like some distant others) This is what I always wanted to do. I really want to make a difference"
We kept chatting at regular but loooooooong intervals. But one line still rings fresh in my head just the way she said it, "You know what? This country lets me do it!"