Face your FEAR and trust your INSTINCT

It has been rightly said by Helen Keller, “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
It doesn’t matter how big your fear is but what matter is whether you face it or not and if yes then how and in which way. The lessons you learn by accepting and facing your fear are the most important and will be useful to you in the long run. The moment you face your fear you become the hero of your story. I am sure everyone is afraid of something or the other and if not a permanent one then there must be a time when they are very scared. So, I also have a story of my life when I was so afraid. Now you will get to know further whether I was successful in overcoming my fear or not.
So, it’s about the time when COVID-19 was at its peak. Yes, I am talking about the 2nd wave, which has destroyed many lives, and many families. So, the lockdown was started. It is about my uncle (my father’s younger brother) who is a government teacher. He had to go to school even during the lockdown (starting time of lockdown). From there he got infected, and his health started getting deteriorating when we got him tested, we came to know that he is suffering from the corona. He is a diabetic patient. When we came to know his situation, he already was in a critical situation and there was unavailability of beds in the hospital due to an excessive number of patients. Then I along with my father started searching for hospitals even we arranged oxygen cylinders and necessary things at home so that his condition can be stable, but his condition was getting worse and worse. We started panicking. One day my father went for having an oxygen cylinder and I took my scooter and went to check out all the hospitals in my city. I contacted my friends and got to know that there are some availabilities of beds in B.H.U. I was so scared and confused about whether to take my uncle to the hospital or not as there was news that there were some illegal and dangerous things happening regarding corona patients in the B.H.U hospital. When I reach the hospital, I was all alone standing outside the hospital. I saw many dead bodies coming, lying over the stretchers. I was so scared at that time, and I genuinely got goosebumps. I had the fear that whether my decision is right or not. I faced my fear and overcame it and ask my father to bring my uncle to the hospital and we get him admitted to the hospital.
Yes, I succeeded. He was discharged from the hospital after 15 days and in a few days, he was completely fine. Before this incident, I was a person who used to be very underconfident in taking decisions but after this, I realized that we should try to overcome and face our fear.
The moment when he was fine and discharged from the hospital was the heroic moment of my life.

Pragya Sharma

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