I would like to share a very personal story about difficulty and growth. My father was an alcoholic and as expected I grew up in a household where every night we did not know what we would encounter . Luckily my grandparents were like guardian angels for my mother, brother and myself trying their best to shield us from the chaos and dysfunction. My only thoughts while going through this difficult times were number one what I could do to make all my grandparent’s efforts worthwhile and secondly how I could become capable of not only supporting myself independently but also helping others. I put all my energy into studying which was the only thing that was in my control at that vulnerable age and by God’s Grace got into Medical College which became the turning point of my life .
My childhood was full of fear, anger, shame, worry, sadness due to the incessant havoc alcohol and my father created in our lives but looking back I don’t have any bitterness or complaints about it because in my heart I know that I would probably not be where I am today without those very experiences. They gave me the drive, motivation, purpose to do push myself single mindedly to achieve my goal of being a physician. It was a poison that became a potion of success for me !
On May 1, 2019liz wrote :
What a powerful story that reflects this difficult but valuable truth... Thank you!
On May 2, 2019Deepak wrote :
Thank you for sharing . Your experience with your father was your motivatation and stepping stone to your success and your grand parents were your guardian angels .