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Diary of a Disabled Person – Disability Doesn't Mean I Can't
  13 Aug'2020

Let me quote some famous lines from the plays of a famous person. William Shakespeare, heard about him, right? So, he in his famous comedy play As You Like It, a character named Jaques says  
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances.”
Have you ever heard such truth spoken in such easy terms? Extraordinary right?  Let me explain these lines for your better understanding. Here, Jaques says that the world we live in nothing, but a grand stage and all the human beings are mere actors, playing their roles on that stage. They have their births, that is they are born, and they have their exits, that is they die, or in simpler terms, just the normal cycle of life. We take birth on this majestic life-sustaining Earth, play the roles that are assigned to us from before and then die after our deed is done. 
Different people are assigned different roles and the only thing that matters is how well we play that role with compassion, determination, and humility. In our daily lives, since birth, we have got the habit of using our fully functioning hands and legs in almost all the work that we do. We eat, we drink, we walk, and we run. Everything revolves around the proper functioning of our limbs. Even the thought of losing them and living a life without them sends a shiver down my spine. But still, there are countless people who do such a difficult task every day, and with a smile on their face. I can only wonder, the strength they have in their heart and the will power the hold within themselves. Today, let us learn about one such person, who has defied all odds and has shown that his disabilities do not define him, rather, what he does, defines him. Jagdish Patel, paraplegic by birth but a challenger by heart. Let us hear from him, the story of his life.

The Life of Jagdish Patel

“ When I was six or seven years old, I used to go to school for studies. Neither I had any proper clothes, nor I had transportation. I used to travel 6 kilometres on my hands every day. 3 kilometres to the school, and 3 on the way back. It was a tough life, but that did not break me. I had my grandfather who used to say to me that, Jagdish, whatever happens, one must never lose heart. Being handicapped does not matter. A person is disabled only by his heart and mind. I got an unbelievably valuable piece of advice from him. He said that God is the supreme being. When the God takes something from someone, he should not think that God is taking it from us or stealing it but instead we should think that, he is only taking from us to empty our hands so that he can give something better.”
“In life, it is always important to strive for something new, something good. One must never be satisfied or let down by his present circumstances, instead should work to make a name of his own and get recognition. This is why I practised dancing and also started to do stunts.  From there, I came to learn about a humanitarian organisation named Narayan Seva Sansthan. Here, they organise fashion shows, talent shows to showcase the inherited talents of the disabled people. They also provide them with vocational training on sewing, computer repairing, mobile repairing and many more for the disabled people. After I came here, I took the 3 months computer course. After completing that, I took part in a talent show that was organised by the Sansthan. It was a dream come true for me. I never thought that I would get such a massive platform to showcase my talents and it was like a dream come true for me. Because of the support and praise I got, I am looking forward to creating and doing something new which will surely be a pleasant surprise for all.”

NSS IS THERE FOR ALL

Such are the lives of people with disabilities. The help and support they get from Narayan Seva Sansthan are massive for the mental stability and growth of their lives. In these ways and several others, the Sansthan has a positive effect on the Divyangs and poor unprivileged people and we hope and plan to keep on doing such good work for years to come, and that will be only possible if people like you come forward and extend your help to us.

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