Childhood is a very impressionable period in one’s life. One incident of my childhood is indelibly imprinted in my mind.
From the time I was in standard V, my father was very particular that I should not only study my lessons but also participate in extra-curricular activities. According to his wishes, I participated in various activities at school. However, I could not do anything on my own.
I did not dare to get on a stage alone to make a speech or sing, even when I knew that I had a moderate ability in these activities. My fear was that everyone would make fun of me and that I would not be good enough. One day I came across the line “The valiant never tastes death but once” and thought what a coward I was. I decided that, whatever might happen, I should participate in the next elocution competition in my school and put an end to my father’s unvoiced disappointment and to my cowardice. So, after much preparation, still with my knees knocking against each other, I participated in my first individual programme- the elocution competition connection with the school youth festival. To my surprise, after the first few terrifying moment, I was immersed in my subject. Words came spontaneously and I made it at last. When I finished my speech, I received the thunderous applause of the audience. In fact, I even won the first prize. When I reached home and told my father about my success, his joy knew no bounds.
This is the most unforgettable incident in my life, for it has taught me how to overcome my fear and shyness. Fear is a natural reaction but one can and should overcome it. Since that day I have always tried to use my talents to be the best of my ability.