Hello, I am Suchitra, and I teach in a school in Mysore. When I was 16, I had a close encounter with failure.
When everyone in my family was doing well in academics, succeeding in medicine or engineering, I could not bear the pressure. I never imagined that I would fail in all my science subjects in the 12th/ PUC. I suffered depression.
I really wish somebody had told me then that failure was an option for me.
Consequently, I gave up trying new things because I feared failure and rejection. It was traumatic. I took 6 years to recover. I never went back to do PUC.
However, I don’t regret it. I have learned that failure may be unpleasant, but it prunes your character. It brings out the best in you.
Later on in life, I tried academics again. In my early 30s, I did my Masters in Literature and topped the university. Even now, I sometimes fail as a teacher, not just once but many times. I tell myself, it’s OK. Now, I don’t stop myself from trying new things.
I have learned that failure doesn’t define my character. Instead, it is a catalyst to help build me into a better person.