Every year, on September 5, we celebrate Teacher’s Day in remembrance of India’s former President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary. Students from all over the nation join in to acknowledge the contributions of the entire teaching fraternity. Needless to say, teachers, without a doubt, hold an important place in our lives. They not only teach us the fundamentals of basic education in our formative years but also in a way help us groom to face life ahead. However, other than the teachers within the walls of an educational institute, life has a way of introducing us to many other forms of ‘teaching faculty’. Today, we’re giving a tribute to all those people in our lives who in more ways than one, teach us to live better. Take a moment to wish them all a very happy Teacher’s Day!
Our parents are the people we fight with the most! While growing up, the generational gap makes us feel as if our parents don’t understand us at all. However behind each “I have seen life better than you,” and “You’re not wise enough to make your own decisions,” there’s always a fear of watching their children fall. As we grow older, we realise that our parents have perhaps been the greatest teachers we could’ve ever had. Every lesson we learn from them sets the course of our lives on track. We not only learn to be better humans but also understand the value of relationships by witnessing our parents put in the efforts in theirs.
While growing up, our siblings often make us question if they were really needed in this world, especially if you’re elder one. Siblings can be the most annoying people on the planet who test your patience with every breath they take. However, over the years, as we get rid of the horns on our head, we realise that these annoying creatures have unintentionally given us the strength to deal with life. Every time we backed down after a fight with them was only a practice for dealing with all the weird people we would come across later in life.
“What good fortune it is to grow up in a home where there are Grandparents.” – Suzanne Lafollette
Our grandparents are people who spoil us silly! Every time you visit their house, you can be sure you’re going to return with a few extra pounds. But more than spoiling us with good food, our grandparents teach us some important lessons about compassion. As a young kid, it isn’t always easy to understand the older generation. But grandparents have magical ways of not only helping you see sense but also make it fun while you learn! Also, can we just give them an award for being the best glue that keeps a family together? Fevicol, are you listening?
Your spouse is a weird combination of all the other people in your life. They can be caring like your parents, annoying like your siblings, wise (however rare) like your grandparents, and absolutely chill like your best friends. Your spouse can give you all the harrowing experiences of dealing with the world along with the solutions on how to fix each problem – all under your roof! Even though they join you in matrimony to be your partner for life, your spouse can actually end up being the Master Shifu you needed all along!
They say your friends are the family you choose. They are the people who crib, cry, and whine about everything you do wrong! But they are also the people who cheer the loudest for you when you do something remotely good. A great group of friends has the power to guide you in the right direction through some weird yet priceless lessons. They not only teach you a few good tricks to be a badass version of yourself but also allow you the space to grow and adapt with people from different communities and backgrounds.
Remember that annoying kid in class who always beat you with better scores? Our peers play an important role in our growing up years. Most kids go through the struggles of ‘peer pressure’ which has the power to transform their entire thought process. If you take it in a positive light, your peers can help you become a great team leader for when the need arises. All the struggles that you go through while competing with your classmates, they give you that much-needed wisdom for years to come.
No matter who you come across in your life, every individual has the potential to teach you some worthy lessons. Even strangers on a bus can teach you to be compassionate with their kindness. It’s all a matter of finding the good in everything you experience in life. Life is, after all, a journey of consistent learning!
Now go on, pick up the phone and wish all these people in your life, a very happy Teacher’s Day!
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