Leading by example
I am a fauji brat. Not the colloquial dictionary kind but rather the born, raised and transferred kind. Being born in a Military Hospital, changing 10 schools and residing in 17 states makes it hard to give myself a regional identity. Growing up as the daughter of an Indian Army Medical officer made life a series of continuous change.
The tethering force in my life has been my mother, since my father’s work required him to be away from family for considerable durations. It was my mother who taught us our life lessons through practical examples and across multiple challenges. Be it handling admission procedures at our next school or turning an unfamiliar accommodation (be it a makeshift basha or a century old colonial bungalow) into a beautiful home, she did it all with enthusiasm and with perfection. One instance I especially remember is when my father was involved in a counter insurgency operation somewhere in Mizoram. I was in class 10 and we were staying in a separated family accommodation in Hissar cantt. Instead of obsessing over the perils of the posting, my mother decided to complete her M.Sc. in Physics. Inspired by her, we children would also study late into the night.
Through her own example, she taught us the importance of adaptability, time management, financial management, patience, punctuality & being self reliance. I have also learnt the value of continuous learning and zeal to develop new skills from her. She shows us how one can lead and shape others by example, in any field of life.
(This blog was penned by Swetlina Rai from our training team at ClearTax.)