It’s been exactly a year since I graduated from High School. When I attended my juniors’ graduation recently, I was filled with nostalgia and memories. Through junior and senior year, I was at a residential school doing the IB Diploma programme. Right from having to make dietary adjustments, adjustments owing to my T1D, fearing that I would be left out and unaccepted by my peers, to being away from home and tackling a rigorous academic programme, I did it all and I did it well. Three years ago, I was terrified.
As I reflect on specific incidents in school, I realize that it is often our inhibitions and fears that are hindrances. As I brought down the walls that I had built, I discovered things about myself that I had never known. I never thought I could act, but I gave it a shot. I never imagined captaining the Girls soccer team, but I was taken by surprise.
The biggest lesson I learned is that it’s important to move out of comfort zones and embrace challenges; it helps us grow. T1D was probably my biggest inhibition, but now I realize that I could do everything just as well, and if not better than everyone else. My initial fear was a creation of my own mind.
All I needed to do was believe in myself!
Diagnosed with type one diabetes in 2008, I struggled to accept this new life. However, I soon started a nonprofit to create a community of people with T1d in my hometown in India. I finished high school in May 2014 and have been on a gap year since. I will be attending college this year and am very excited about my transition. In my free time, I read and study an Indian classical dance called Kathak.