This is the story of a girl, an ordinary girl from a middle-class family who used to stay in a small town. The story is old. Those were the times when there were no televisions, internet or any other means of entertainment. So, this girl virtually had not much in her possession except one thing – her dreams.
It was her dreams which motivated her to grow in life, to achieve which people think impossible to get, to scale heights which were considered difficult and to break those taboos created by the society.
For a small-town girl, it was not easy, there were barriers at every level. Family, friends, relatives, society etc etc but let me tell you, one thing makes a difference in the life of people and that is their will and the madness to get closer to the dreams. I can tell you with my own experience that unless you dream, you cannot achieve your goals.
There is nothing in the world which is impossible, there is nothing which is considered difficult, there is nothing which is a taboo. What matters is that if you want to achieve it with your heart, body, mind and soul, you will definitely achieve it and there is no second thought in this.
This was my life. Coming from a very small town of Shahjahanpur, born and bought up there to the city of love- Lucknow. Journey was not easy, it involved lot of hard work, sleepless nights, failures, disappointments and disgruntlements. There were times when body was tired, mind was frustrated, and soul was shattered.
What remained there with me throughout was only one thing- my dreams which drove me again and again towards achieving them and today I feel satisfied that I achieved it.
When I was a young girl, like all of them, I used to dream about my beauty. Bollywood was growing fast, we used to watch movies in theatres and I used to dream of being a beauty queen along with being a successful independent person and above all a good human being.
Most of the girls in their teen often forget their dreams as they grow in life. Most of their dreams are killed by parents, society, career struggle as well as marriage. But I lived with my dreams all the time. I decided that no matter what, I will not let my dreams die.
My first dream one was to be a successful woman, a professional who is self-dependent and is respected by all. As a young kid I thought of two professions who are most respected. A teacher and that of a doctor. I joined KGMC to become a doctor.
And believe me once you become a doctor respect does not come automatically. It must be earned over a period, so I earned it by serving the people. Today in form of director and head of department of pathology I care and Apollomedics, I earned my first dream.
The second dream was very common, to have a loving family. I achieved, when I became a mother and god brought Arushi, my daughter in my life. Believe me that there is no bigger accomplishment for a woman than becoming a mother. You nurture a life in your body for 9 months feeling it all the time and finally see it in your arms. I achieved my second dream too.
My third dream was the one which almost every girl sees in her teens. To be a beauty queen. There were challenges, there were roadblocks, but I lived with this dream of mine till date. I never allowed this desire to die down. There were priorities in life, career was the one, family was the other one and once I achieved them, I decided to pursue my long-time dream of being a beauty queen. Once again it was not easy.
I had to prove myself that I am the best. The first support came from my family and friends.. This was enough to drive me on the path of success. I prepared myself for the devalicious mrs india universe 2018 , competed with the ladies who were much younger to me and had large modelling experience.
Ladies who participated in many beauty contests earlier and carried good experience and won the crown . once again my dream and my desire to achieve the dream had beaten all odds. Today I stood at the place where I wanted to be. I have no hesitation in saying that I achieved this dream too. And now …..
So, if someone asks me the most important thing of my life and what message do I want to convey?
The answer is very simple. Have Big, Audacious goals in life, dream about them, live with them and inculcate an unending desire to achieve those goals. Never ever let them go away from you. Whenever you get a chance, try to achieve, learn from failure, try again till you achieve them. Success does not come automatically, you must dream it and strive to achieve it.
— Dr Kavita Somani
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Text: Saif Rahman Sozib