Bhumika, I have always tried to practice what I preach.
When I was an 8 year old I pointed a gun at my cousin and shot him!
My parents were given a 2000 acre farming property as a wedding present and each year Christmas lunch was held at our farm. On the day all the family gathered and we kids were sent outside to play so the grown-ups could get on with preparing the Christmas feast.
My father had this idea that he was going to convert a large rectangular unused concrete water tank into a family swimming pool. Over the years grass had built up in the base of the unused tank and a large brown snake had taken up residence and each time dad went past the tank he would take a .22 calibre rifle with him and if the snake was visible he would take a shot at it......never actually managed to score a hit though!
Here we were, all us kids outside having fun looking forward to opening the mass of Christmas presents, I noticed the gun up against the back door and for a bit of a laugh I picked it up and pointed it at one of my cousins and said 'Put your hands up' and pulled the trigger......the gun went off and the bullet went through Ricky, my cousin!
Fortunately the bullet didn't hit any major organs, Ricky was rushed to hospital but pulled through okay,
But I never really got on with my father after that day. He thought I was a bit of a ** playing around with a loaded gun, and I thought he was a bit of a ** leaving a loaded gun where an 8 year old kid had access to it!
It wasn't until Ade and I got married, at the reception when I as the bridegroom had to give my speech, I said that 'Over the years Dad and I hadn't really got on but, when I needed him he was always there for me'!
He started to cry and I think we mended a few bridges that day!
That episode taught me to be strong and build my own confidence, I could not expect it from my father, the one I so would have craved it from!
I said in my OP........ read, or even better, write a book, yeah I have done that which I detailed here in another post. Paint a portrait of yourself........yeah I have had a crack at that too. I watched 100's hours of U Tube 'how to paint eyes, chins, hair videos and when I felt confident I had a go at it. Here was my subject photo......
And here was my oils rendition of it........
It's not perfect but Bhumika, I had a go at it, and I was proud of the result. It hangs in my mancave and funnily enough those guests that see it say....'Is that you'! which makes me wonder is it not as good as I think it is!!! I would have thought it was bleedin obvious, but there you go!
We have all got something special in us, we need to concentrate on our successes, not our failures. My feeling is, that's what makes us great people!
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