Updated: Mar 24, 2021
As we grow older, a lot of us tend to give up on the big dreams that we had as children. We attribute this loss of ambition to maturity. We think that by compromising with our goals, we are being realistic about things.
We forget that we have only one life to do everything we are capable of doing. According to a Chinese proverb, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. It means that we should not be intimidated by big goals and instead work steadily towards achieving them.
You may have heard of the story of Manjhi - The Mountain Man. He was a poor labourer in Bihar. One day, he had to take his pregnant wife to the hospital but was unable to do so because there was a huge mountain to cross. His wife could not traverse the distance and passed away. Manjhi was devastated by this but instead of blaming the mountain, he decided to cut a way through it using basic tools. When he started, people called him a mad man.
After years of hard work, Manjhi was finally able to carve his way. There was now a 30 feet wide and 110 feet long road running through the mountain.
Manjhi's story is just one of the many instances where mankind has been able to achieve the impossible and prove that there is nothing more powerful than human spirit.