Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? No deadlines to meet, no night shifts, no responsibilities… Ah! What a life! The thing that mattered most was getting appreciated for simple accomplishments. Be it having a neat handwriting, drawing something beautiful, getting 10/10 in dictation, being the fastest runner in school and the list goes on. Whenever teachers praised us for any little thing it was a feeling of being on top of the world.
I volunteer to teach at a nearby government school and that one hour with the kids always takes me back to my childhood days. Last week, after a session, one of the kids walked up to me and asked me to ‘correct’ his notes. I casually put a right mark but he continued to stand in front of me with the book open. When I asked what he wanted he looked at me and said, “Didi, good dona please…” I laughed and scribbled a ‘Good’ for his satisfaction. As he walked back to his seat he had a smile of accomplishment on his face.
That night as I was returning home in the cab I thought to myself, so what was my accomplishment in school? And the first thing that popped into my mind was the first poem I ever wrote. It was titled ‘My Doll’. I was 9 years old and I remember I was in school when I wrote it (some free hour I guess). It went something like this:
I have a doll, which is very tall.
Her name is Lilly, her dress is frilly.
She sings a song, which is very long.
I like the song, which I sing along.
That was it. I’m surprised I still remember it word to word! These four lines were enough to give me a feeling of great achievement. Little did I know back then that it had sparked a new hobby in me.
Now I know that we all are in a place where the definition of achievement is at a new level. Although I think it is necessary for us to learn to recognise our daily accomplishments too. To start off, if you’re reading this, then spare a minute to think and ask yourself this question, ‘When you were in school, what was the one thing that gave you a sense of accomplishment?’ Write the first thing that comes to your mind in the comments below. I think we all deserve a break from our daily routine and take some time to reminisce our accomplishments that brought us where we are today. And from now on make a habit of patting yourself on the back whenever you feel that you deserve it.