Many kids hold a lot of resentment towards their parents when it comes to their life failures. But this son made sure he took inspiration from his mom’s dream to build a life.
Rather than taking charge of their life, kids tend to blame their parents for not being as supportive as they wish them to. While it is much easier to hold our parents accountable for our failures, there are very few who rather take charge of their life.
One such kid is Dr. Pradeep Gadge. While sharing his inspiring story with HoB, he mentioned how his mom’s dream helped him overcome tough life circumstances and made him a better & successful person than that he ever imagined.
In his inspiring story, he mentioned:
“School vacations were never exciting for me. Coming from a poor family, I’d spend my vacation days making bindi packets. The process was monotonous and the rewards meagre — for making and delivering 144 bindi packets I’d get Rs. 2! Our only other source of income was the little money that my father made as a technician.
We could barely afford my school fees. I remember once I wasn’t allowed to write an exam because we hadn’t paid the fees and when my mom begged the principal to let me give it, she told her to send me to a government school. Still, my parents had dreams for me — my mom once said, ‘One day, you will become one of India’s leading doctors.’
I wanted to make her dream my dream, and studied 16 hours a day to get into a good MBBS program. I finally got accepted and to cover my fees, I worked as an assistant at 2 clinics. But I couldn’t afford textbooks, so I’d xerox my friends’. After medical school, I started working at a hospital. I’d work 24 hours a day and if I was lucky, I’d catch a short nap during these hours.
After a while, I noticed that the hospital fees were too high for low-income patients. So I used the money I’d earned from working at hospitals and took loans to start my own practice. In the first year, a young girl with fatal Diabetes came to me — she couldn’t find an affordable clinic. When she came to me, I told her she’d only have to pay me Rs. 100 — my aim was clear, I had to treat her. The operation was successful — she’s now 15 and still comes to me. From that day, I decided to give it my all to make my practice successful. For the next 7 years, I worked 18 hours a day, every single day with no holidays.
I’ve been practicing for 13 years now — and I can proudly say that I am finally one of India’s leading diabetologists. Still, I only want to treat my patients — I don’t care about the money or the fees; they’re what’s important, and will always be my first priority.
But I’ve finally reached a point where I can give my parents the life that they’ve wanted — I make it a point to send them on a vacation every year; their favourite trip has been Bali! Giving them a lifetime of happiness and comfort is what I’ve always wanted. My mother’s dream is what pushed me to be who I am today, to do what I’m doing — and to know that all of it has been worth it, feels better than I could’ve ever imagined.”
At IFORHER, we are in awe of Dr. Pradeep Gadge, as he rather than blaming his parents’ tough circumstances adopted his mother’s dream as his life purpose.
We hope many young kids would seek inspiration from Dr. Pradeep and own up their life. Because, in the end, parents try to do the best that they can do for their kids.