MARCH 8 - The world celebrates this day as International Women's Day. I too share this sentiment.
Having said that, in my own small world, I also celebrate this day as 'Failure Day'. This was the day way back in 1989 when failure and I formally met each other face-to-face for the first time. I was not promoted to Std. IX from Std. VIII. Though the failure was signed & sealed (by Fr. Eric Cassel, Principal, Loyola School, Jamshedpur) on March 7, 1989, it was formally communicated to me and my father on March 8, 1989.
Two very important lessons I learnt on that day...
1) The value of time...a year to be precise; and
2) The fact that failure never comes all of a sudden. There are enough warnings and signals which we consciously or subconsciously choose to ignore.
But the best (experiential) lesson that I learnt over the years is that THERE'S LIFE AFTER FAILURE, though it may not seem so at that failure moment.
Today that failure actually means nothing in terms of how my life took shape in the later years. The thought of it just brings about a smile on my face when I think about my ‘the world has come to an end for me’ face on March 8, 1989.