Day #6 of Blogtember.
Tuesday, September 10: Describe a distinct moment when your life took a turn.
Though it is extremely difficult to define life in a few moments, this one particular moment definitely marked the start of something new, big and important.
School was over. The entrance exams were done too. Results were declared and I was accepted to the university of my choice.
This is what my mother said when she came to leave me in the hostel.
I’m not going to claim that these words changed everything, or that a light bulb suddenly flicked on over my head. I did not have a sudden vision of clarity over what exactly my dreams were, or how to go about fulfilling them. I made mistakes, of course. I had various cringe-worthy moments (still have them). There were various missed opportunities. But still…
Go and realise your dreams.
These five words were the beginning. I found out what I could and couldn’t do. I found new interests, new ideas, and yes, new dreams too. I found out how important it was to enjoy the journey instead of just waiting for the end result. Life at the university has given me a lot.
I love it here.
The words may not have had a literal impact when they were spoken. But they hold special symbolic meaning for me. They did not bring about a “distinct turn in my life”. But they were the opening to the new pathway(s).