I am sure everyone comes across that one person in life who has left a strong impact and impression in their lives which lasts forever till the moon. You might have met them for the first time for a little time or frequently and every time when you see them or talk to them you are always in awe of them.
Since childhood, I had many such people who influenced me and I would always see them as a role model, but as I grew old, these role models were in abundance and I was confused in life as to whom to follow. The word “role model” is an overstatement, and I realized it as I met real people who were truly and miraculously inspirational by the look and by their words and by their work. There is no such word like role model in my dictionary since. I mean what do you mean by role model, someone who has inspired many with their work and is good at heart? If we see all the actors and philanthropists, they might be your role model, but do you know how they are in real life? That’s why I don’t believe in such kind of business. I believe in someone I have met personally and every time I meet them I feel like meeting them again and again and I am in awe of their personality, work, nature or everything, for that matter, they are rare but they are the true inspiration and heroes according to me. Well! Again there are many people who inspire you in your day to day life, like your parents, your friends, your siblings and the list is endless. But someone who has left a lasting impression is someone who is made of great.
I had this teacher of mine in my high school, the strictest of teacher, but the sweetest too. Rarely used to talk, but with her vast knowledge and intelligence, would leave an impact on every student. I am sure my classmates or schoolmates, for that matter would agree too. Her name was Ma’am Vijjain (I don’t remember her full name). Always neatly dressed with stiff and properly ironed cotton saree, neatly braided hair, and big bindi on her forehead, she was always prim and proper till the end of the day. You would never see her look exhausted or tired. And her knowledge was vast. She was our geography teacher, and she would draw the world map on the black board without looking at the blackboard and just perfectly she would draw. That awed us. Other than that, ask her anything, she had an answer to the toughest of questions. I have never seen her smile in my whole school days, and never even seen her giggling too with her co-teachers. But she had an aura I must say, a divine aura, which made us like her even after she being strict, less talkative, less smiling and less punishing too. Yes! even though she was strict, she rarely punished us, because, I remember, we used to finish her homework first, not out of fright but out of respect. And if by chance we didn’t finish our homework, we had a valid reason of having a doubt on something. And she would sweetly clear all our doubts and just warn us to finish it next time. But that was not the reason we liked her, it was a respect which automatically grew as we grew and even today when I think about her, I feel proud of being her student.
Her vast knowledge left a lasting impact in my life, and I surely feel is a person made of great. The last time I met her, I was pleasantly surprised, when she had a wide smile on her face throughout and a proud feeling that her students still remember her and that happiness was evident on her face. And I as usual was in awe of her. I rarely visit my home town, and now I don’t know where she is or how she is, but I really want her to know that she has left an impact in all our lives and we love her till the moon.
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