Super humans. We read about them, watch them and admire them in the virtual world - but I live with a superhuman. She is my mother.
I am Diksha Dinde, a 23-year-old student and activist from India. I am 84% differently abled, trying to break the stereotypes related to disabled people.
Be it teaching underprivileged children from the slums near where I live or raising awareness to break taboos around menstruation, I have been doing my part to make this world a better place to live.
My mother, Mrs Chitrarekha Dinde, is my role model. She inspires and motivates me to grow without any barriers. It seems to me that this woman looks at life as a challenge and wholeheartedly intends to seize the day every day.
My mother looked after me and supported me in every part of my life. Right from childhood she has been with me like my shadow. It had been riddled with hurdles and difficulties, but she has managed to cross them all to because of the amazing and independent person she is.
Being physically challenged I am not able to move by myself and because of this I have not been able to do daily routine activities since childhood. At the beginning this was a hardship for my mother, but she was determined to make it work.
She not only helped me whenever I needed but she also taught me to help myself. She taught me to keep myself clean and neat, how to eat and how to know how much to eat. She says, "a child does not learn from what parents say but from what parents do".
I have had three operations and various therapies on my spine but none have been successful. I was rejected from schools because of their lack of infrastructure and facilities. I was finally admitted to one school.
My mother had to be there with me the whole day, but at the same time she also had to handle our home life. So she started tailoring and working during school hours. That is how she was able to satisfy financial needs in the home.
Now I've graduated in Business Administration and I’m pursuing a Masters.
Whenever I look at my mother I see an ordinary person but when I think about what she does and how she does it she becomes divine and the reason of my smile!
The experience of my life so far has truly brought things into perspective. My mother has taught me that hard times can be overcome and that losing battles can be won. She has taught me more than I could have learnt from any book.
She sets an inspirational example to me teaching me how to live life and make wise choices, even in the most uncertain situations.
I respect her a lot. She is my inspiration, my role model.
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Who and why my family inspires me…
Inspiration to me is when a person gives me enough motives to do or feel something creative or beneficial to others or myself. Each person in my life is very important as to why I am the person I am today. They all have different characteristics of inspiration that they have given me. My first thoughts of my family are always why they mean so much to me. I couldn’t imagine my life without anyone of my family members.
Here are the reasons each person has given me some inspiration.
My mom is my one of two of the biggest inspirations in my entire life. She has taught me the most important thing that I follow every day. She has taught me to always be strong. Being strong relates in many ways. Physically and mentally, I tell myself every day that if I was as strong as my mom, I could do anything I set my mind to.
My Younger Brother.
I’ve never imagined the day that my younger brother would ever teach me something useful that I could use every day of my life, but the day has come where he has done just that. He has taught me that no matter how old him and I may grow, we will still always still be our childish-self. He brings out the little kid in me and he makes me feel like nothing else in the world matters.
Every girl can agree with me on this one. My father brings out the “worker bee” in me. I feel like I am a great worker because of him. He has taught me to work hard for what I have and be proud and blessed to have the things and people that I have in my life. If I’m not happy where I am his famous words for me are always, “do something to fix it and just keep working towards what you want”.
The best thing about having a stepparent is the amount of love they give you even when they aren’t your own. Both of my stepparents show me that no matter who you are as a person, everyone deserves to be loved and shown affection.
My Older Brother.
Sometimes I catch myself from acting like a completely odd person because I can’t help but laugh at myself. I get the quirkiness and weird personality from my older brother. His goofy personality rubs off on me and it has taught me that not always do you need to be an adult. There is a time and place to have a little fun and act like a fool.
My 7-year-old nephew is the biggest reason for my smile. Although he may not have taught me anything, he still shows me a reason to smile every day of my life. He has the kind of personality where he can know your exact mood without even speaking a word to you. The way he would response is the miracle in him. He either tries to make you smile or his arms spreads wide for a loving hug, and either way you’re winning because that little boy would do anything to make someone smile.
Everyone needs a person in their life that shows them how to relax and enjoy life as it comes; well my sister-in-law does just that. She has taught me to take a step back and just enjoy it all. Life seems to be less hectic when you take everything step by step. The only reason I don’t stress as much is because of her.
All My Grandmothers.
Each one of my grandmothers knew what the major key points to growing up as a girl in her twenties and that’s how to have poise and act like a lady when needed. Every woman figure in my life has helped with this but mostly my grandmothers started this lesson in my life. They have all taught me that it’s easier to catch flies with honey than it is to catch them with vinegar so to speak. What I mean is that it’s much easier to get farther in life when you do it the right and respectful way instead of putting half the effort into it.
My Best Friends.
I have many friends in my life but I have two friends that I have had since I was about four years old. Both of my two friends are always there for me. They have showed me what it’s like to have and be a true friend. I can count on them for anything, and in return I would do the same for them. “There is nothing on this Earth more to be prized than true friendship.” – Thomas Aquinas