Many people let go of their dreams because they believe they are too old to start something new. It could be about starting a new career or learning a new hobby or fulfilling childhood dreams. But this 50-year-old single mom, Lakyntiew Syiemlieh, has proven everyone wrong.
It is quite inspiring how more than 30 years after dropping out of Class 10, 50-year-old Lakyntiew Syiemlieh, a single mother to four and a grandmother to two, has cleared her class 12 examinations in Meghalaya.
In the year of 1989, it was her struggle with Mathematics that forced her to drop out of school. Recalling how her life changed post that, she mentioned to Indian Express:
“After that, life took a different course — I got married at 21, had four kids. Unfortunately, the marriage did not work out.”
Post her divorce, she continued to support her kids as a single mother. She lives with her son, daughter, and two granddaughters.
Recalling how happy and thrilled her kids are, Lakyntiew shared with Indian Express:
“My children are so thrilled that they started shouting, hugging and kissing me when the results were declared yesterday. In fact, it was the happiest day of my life,”
Applauding the courage and determination of this 50-year-old, her college principal shared:
“To be honest, we were surprised. Sometimes, we have 30-year-olds, who have just gotten married, attending classes. But a 50-year-old, and with her level of enthusiasm and dedication, is just rare.”
Through all this time her daughter, Ibaphylla, helped around the house. Celebrating her mother achievement, 28-year-old Ibaphyll mentioned:
“I am just so happy and proud to have her as my mother — she is talented, inspiring and caring”
While the country is celebrating the achievement of this 50-year-old, she has already decided what she will pursue next – a Bachelor’s degree in Khasi language.
At IFORHER, we are in awe of this courageous soul as she has made us believe that achieving our dreams is possible. All we need is to commit and make it happen!
Image Credits: Indiatimes, The Indian Express