Life as we know it

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I was 27. Young, healthy living male. Until one day I was diagnosed with chronic illness. I was losing my strength. Soon lived in a wheelchair. This disease brought me down. Down, to the lowest points of life. My dream career as pilot vanished into thin air. My love of life couldn’t see me in pain. He walked away. My friends started pitying me.

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But those years of life in a wheelchair. Those struggles and survival battle shaped me into the man I am today. I turned into a better person. An optimistic fighter. I practice gratitude in life like never before. I started appreciating efforts around me.

Back then my mind used to play games with me. “You failed it. Again. Didn’t you?”

There were silver linings in dark clouds. My bitter moments in life walked me to friends. The one who chooses to urge me during a low time. My family who could have quit but still fought hard. Often, I feel embarrassed about remembering my youth and teen days. I was a self-proclaimed rebel. If only, I knew the truth of life then.

It has been 10 years now when my disease tired pulling me down for a while. The same time period is now lifting me up, up and away. Just like Dumbo. I own a business now.

When Timothy Mouse told young elephant, Dumbo “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.”  There was a deeper meaning to it.

There are hurdles, meant to be overcome. Everyone who achieves success faces a fair share of hurdles. At that moment what matters is how they react. It could make or break a person. The recipe to overcome roadblocks creates a new person.

Don’t doubt yourself. Try harder. Change your perception. Roar louder.

What are your thoughts about failure and success?


This blog is a part of the #WeeklyBlogHop hosted by Alpana and Neha. I would like to thank Priyal for introducing me to this blog hop and would further like to introduce Aditi to share her take on the prompt.

42 thoughts on “Life as we know it”

  1. Can’t agree more Pragnya. Failures are the roadblocks in the journey towards success. How we take it and who we become is in our hands.

  2. Simple engaging read with a great lesson… yes u said it right- hurdles are simply meant to be overcome… its the journey to success that we have to enjoy…

  3. Oh my god Pragnya, I wish I had read this before I wrote mine today!! I have chosen the same prompt and written about a boy on a wheelchair! What are the odds of that 🤦‍♀️😂😂
    Powerful imagery though I must say!

  4. Seem like it’s my story only, I too have to walk through a wheelchair but my passion for dancing could not stop me to stand o my leg again and dance.
    God bless you dear.
    I believe we should never be a failure instead we should try our best to win

  5. Aww hugs to you you know rising up again from no where is very difficult.. it seems easy but it isnt it needs grit to do it. kudos to you.

  6. Super Inspiring post by every mean. I guess everyone feels left out or that feeling of pulling you down is the worst of all feelings, I love the prompt 🙂
    Simple, short and super inspiring prompt post of the day dear 🙂 Virtual Hugs
    #WeeklyBloghop #bloghop #GWNxMG

  7. There are many times in life when we feel like a failure, we think that there’s nothing that can work in our favor but then we overcome those hurdles and get hold of our life. That’s a story of every other person. And, you presented it in such a wonderful way, loved it, Pragnya!

  8. This is so true, the things which hold us back are the ones which can give us strength to fight back and rise from the failure. such a powerful concept and wonderful presentation Pragnya!!

  9. How beautifully you wrote this piece. Things that bring us down often becomes the things that lift us up and it all happens when we really give our 100 percent with all our heart 🙂 Loved reading it.

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