Last Saturday I went to the RTA office for some work with my son. We had some waiting period and he was hungry, so we checked into a nearby mall to grab a bite. While waiting in the queue to place our order, I couldn't help but observe a middle aged man, with his little girl by his side and 4 boys sitting at the table. He had brought them for a treat it appeared. I kept watching as he carefully navigated through the menu, made mental calculations and placed an order that would make all the kids happy. It was evident he didn't order for himself. The lady at the counter said 'Sir, the total bill is Rs. 510'. The man took out his wallet which had just a 500 rupee note. Looking at his face, I could gauge the calculations in his head. He took that note and then asked his elder son for a 10 rupee note and handed it to the lady. Then sat down with his kids looking into his phone while they enjoyed the meal.
So many thoughts and emotions moved through me in these few moments. I was there, right there in that man's situation not very long ago. Getting a simple Mc Donald's burger for my son needed a week's planning at times. I took the shared auto instead of the individual one so I could save money for him. I ate curd rice instead of vegetables so they would last a little longer for him.
Yet here I was, standing tall beside my handsome young man who drove me around in our car to the RTA office, helped me manage the paperwork without the need of an agent. Here we were making a purchase again at Mc Donald's with more ease and less thought. Yet there was something unsettling about the day.
Life does come a full circle. I remain ever so grateful for every single thing I have today and for every single hurdle that pushed me to get here.
To all those struggling today, don't give up, you shall achieve what you desire to with hardwork and persistence.
To all those settled and comfortable, never forget your struggles, remain humble and grateful. 🙏