I was nine and had changed my school.The previous school was in my hometown Mhaisal.I was basically shy and change of school had made me a bit more conscious.After some days, I succeeded in making some friends.
The class teacher was supposed to teach all subjects,in the primary section.So according to our receptive capacity and mood he would take subjects.Whenever he felt that we have become dull, he would encourage students to do somethings like singing,dancing, acting or even imitating.
It was rather a dull day,and it was the last class,school would be over in some time.No one was in the mood for studies.So he decided to have our entertainment hour.
He first called one of the girls, she was a very good singer and to top it she had the confidence of singing in front of the whole class.She happily agreed and sang some songs.
I was unaware that I was the next target.I totally froze when sir pointed his finger towards me.I was so stunned that my bench mate had to push me out of my seat.
Finally I gathered up some courage and went in front of the class.I absolutely did not have any idea about what would I do next.The teacher, again reminded me that I was there to entertain the class.
I stood there for a long time,thinking should I sing,should I act.I did not want my class mates to make fun of me.what should I do,by which I will not look stupid.I did not even look up at all those eyes,some of which who were smirking,some shocked,some sympathetic.
Finally,looking at my petrified state, he told me to go back.When I went home, I told everything to Maa(My mother). She asked me why I did not sing. I told her that I did not have a great voice and that I was scared that everyone would make fun of me.
I still remember her words.She said God has not given everything to everyone. so learn to appreciate what he has given you. If you think you cant sing, do what ever which makes you happy, share a joke, share a smile, make people laugh, anything.
Those words did not make any immediate impact on me,but after so many years I understood the meaning of those words. In your own small way try sharing happiness, make people smile around you, give a bit of hope everyday and it can make a huge difference in some one's life.