Role models can be any where. I have been fortunate to find one in a very good friend. While there is much to be admired about him, the specific quality I am referring to here is his ability to pull time out for something he believes in…no matter what.
He became a part of an NGO almost 8 years back. I remember he telling me back then that he had to spend 3 weekends in a training, and I wondered if I would be willing to invest even a single day of one weekend. Anyway, he was single back then and an entrepreneur. Taking out 4 hours every week for the NGO was not too much trouble.
And then he got married. Somewhere deep inside I knew the NGO will be difficult to sustain. But he carried on. He then joined the corporate world and this time I was more confident, but he still managed to get time out. A few years later he was blessed with a child, and knowing how much he loved spending time with children, it seemed natural for him to now consider leaving the NGO. But he still did not. It has been 8 years now and he still remains as committed.
I have asked him many a times how he still manages to take time out for the NGO and all he says in his modest humble way is – I just manage!
A few months back when I saw a note on FB about a theater workshop starting, I immediately called the number. But after I got to know that the workshop will be conducted on weekends from 10 AM to 12 PM, my immediate doubt was – Do I have the time? I thought of my friend, I thought about how much I wanted to do this, and I took the plunge. And guess what, I did have the time.
Now every time I think of doing something new, I don’t let the excuse ‘I don’t have time!’ bog me down. Because thanks to my friend, my role model, I know that if I really want to do something, I will be able to ‘just manage’!