Given this pandemic situation, we are only focusing about our survival these days. Everything else takes a back seat. Although there are people, who risks their lives and that of others as they run for their future. In this competitive world, running after opportunities for a secured future is something inevitable. But risking your life for a better life is logically meaningless. Many parents are worried that their children lose out almost one year in their school life. To compensate this, they run after on-line education and so many extra courses at the cost of risking their children's physical and mental health (because of unlimited screen time, risk of virtual predators, likelihood of entering adult sites etc..) Many deaths have been reported due to the fact that men and women risked their lives to go to work, seek opportunities outside, attended classes, traveled etc..etc.. during this pandemic. Although it may seem hard to stay at home when you have nothing, it is pointless to risk your life. Besides, it is those who have something that risks their lives for wanting everything... and not those who have absolutely nothing!!! It is sickening Life doesn't end with this delay. Everything will get restored one after the other. You just needs some patience!!! Almost 15 years back, I had to chose whether to sit for my final examination in college or to travel back home to be with my dying grandma for one last time. The decision meant losing a year in my educational life; hence my career, marriage and everything that comes later. I was so young, and ambitious to get first class degree. I was working so hard, and I had enough credits to secure a first class if I clear my final examination in one go. I was sure that I could do that. There were announcements that the first class holders would be picked by large multi-national companies during the campus interviews. Hoping for an easy entry to my dream career, I was all prepared to sit for the final examinations. Almost a few days before the exam, I received a call from mom about my grandma's health status. I could not stop myself from wanting to be with her that moment. My parents denied that. They were so concerned about my exams, hence gave me false hopes about grandma. I had around 12 more days to return home after the exams, but my mind was already at home the moment I heard my grandma's state. My friends, and well-wishers suggested that I stay back and sit for the exams - given the fact, my fate would be written there. They spoke wisdom and said it is worthless to be with an already dying 87 year old woman - who wouldn't even recognize your presence at this very fragile stage of her life. Some said, she might live like this for few more months, and what's the point of going now risking your exams/future? It was hard to decide.... As a 23 year old, I was considered too young to make major decisions as these! But I listened to my heart.... It constantly asked me to go.... My instinct repeatedly asked me to be with my grandma - who was my second mom those days!!! I clearly understood the fact that I would cry for my entire life had I missed seeing my grandma alive one last time before her last breath. So, I booked my tickets, and went home! Though my mom was shocked, she was happy that I was there during that saddest time of her life. I've spent 1 whole day with grandma at the hospital - allowing mom to get some rest. Surprisingly my grandma recognized me, spoke with me in sign language, and we exchanged hugs and kisses for the whole day. I was sure she departed the world with fullest satisfaction after seeing me. Because at that time, I was my grandma's whole world. My heart was overwhelmed and I felt lucky that I've got those precious time with my beloved grandma that day. Back at my college... everyone cursed me for choosing to go. I missed my first class degree, though I managed to sit for the examination after sometimes to get a general degree. I missed the campus interview; hence that easy gateway to enter my dream multi-national company. I missed everything for a moment when my peers enjoyed the next steps in their lives. Like any other average student, I had to chose a banking career and I accepted my fate though regretfully. Life didn't end there! Opportunities knocked my door when I showed my talent in charity work I really loved. Again, I chose to follow my heart. Though it was just a 3 months offer in an Humanitarian NGO, I decided to leave my permanent Banking career to join that NGO. Because I hated that routine banking job, but loved the humanitarian work. My talent, hard work, enthusiasm etc..etc... during those 3 months in that humanitarian NGO brought this opportunity to work with United Nations. It was my luck, may be my grandma's blessings from up above... Since then, I've been working with United Nations in Professional level for the past 15 years!!! It is a privilege We - the UN, are liaising with so many Multi-national companies, including the dream one which I missed in the past. Each time, it feels like a hero whenever I am invited as a guest of honor representing the UN in various events of these multi-national companies. Had I started my career in that multi-national company, I would have just been ended up as a professional staff.... Now that, my career is much more special than a professional staff member! Success or failure.... ups or downs... all happen for a reason. Losing a year in life doesn't mean losing your life. Learn to find peace with what life offers. If your path is closed, just pave your own path and move on. Don't get stuck in life!!!