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  When I was young I do not know, what life means, we just do something every day and complete the school homework, elated with good remarks from Teachers and satisfied with little comforts in life. The first sentence I listened from my school teachers on LIFE is, that life is not Bed of Roses, I realised the later part of the sentence life is not just roses and many thorns. My life started drifting from many of my class mates with my first failure to succeed in the Pre university course, in the first attempt, one good thing that I cleared the examination the next attempt and had a lot of leisure to spend the time whatever I liked, made many good friends, and plan my life to become a Doctor. As I happened to always suffer with Asthmatic attacks, the Doctor who was treating me in my village, made on me a great impact that I decided to become a Doctor like him, my mother insisted that I should not waste time and learn type writing, and many friends laughed at me and asked me are wishing to become a typist? Or a Doctor? I never reacted that I underwent the training in type writing to ap pear for the basic examinations later I realised it was God’s plan to correct my very bad writing, so the world understands my thoughts. My desire to get admission in Medical College and become a Doctor was helped by many friends of my father, I feel it is the reward to my father’s commitment to his duty; he has least Time to spend with the family when we are children, his devotion to duty was incomparable, above the family expectations. I had only one unified desire to become a Doctor to serve many with talent, skills and knowledge. When we come to consider that the purpose of life is to learn and that it is all made up of learning, the circumstances by means of which we learn become of minor importance. As Mr. Judge once wrote: "The ocean of life washes to our feet and away again, things that are both hard to lose and unpleasant to welcome, yet they all belong to life; all come from the Great Self that is never moved. So lean back on the Self  — be like the great bed of the ocean that is never moved though storms may ruffle its surface....It does not mean that we should cease to do the best we can at all times, but we know that whatever comes, all is well. My early career taught me, life is a challenge how you accept makes the difference.   When faced with adversities, we either grumble or seek to dodge them. We behave like an ostrich in the desert. It is said that when there is a storm in the desert, the ostrich buries his head in the sand — hoping that the storm will go away if he ignores it — and finally gets buried under a heap of sand and dies. Some of us choose to pretend that the problems do not exist. We fail to realize that confronting and solving the problem — no matter how painful the process — makes us grow. I had no strengths to fight the system which we live. Once we have learnt to deal with a difficulty, the next time we encounter it; it ceases to be a difficulty. When the lesson is learnt the necessity ceases. The force of the situation weakens. But, more often than not, the cause of the problem is internal, i.e., within us, and often, it calls for a change. Often the difficulty is solved when we are willing to change — our way of thinking, our feelings, our likes and dislikes — and ready to adapt or adjust ourselves to a problematic situation or a person in life. I was never stable in  life to stick to any Job longer than few years, and many friends called me a migrating Doctor, I questioned whether it is all because of my attitude or my reaction to the adversities in life,   we must realize that change is inevitable, and always be mentally prepared for it. We cling on to people, things, places, and we are stuck — not being able to move on in life. In fact, as we proceed in living the spiritual life we are required to give up or change a lot of undesirable things in our nature, sometimes well paid jobs too are difficult to live in peace and dignity. This brings about a feeling of utter emptiness and sadness. We have to create an atmosphere for eternal thought. When we get completely involved with the problem and treat it as if it were the whole of life, we could get into a terrible psychic condition. It is true that when we identify ourselves with the problem, we are unable to solve it. We must take the position of an observer. We are able to acquire detachment with discipline. A time then comes when we are able to look upon the experience with detachment, reflect upon it, even while we are passing through it. We must take time off to cultivate impersonal interests such as designing, music, writing, painting, or even reading good Autobiography, etc.   What really frightens and dismays us are not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance. Stop scaring yourself with impetuous notions, with your reactive impressions of the way things are! Things and people are neither what we wish them to be nor what they seem to be. They are what they are. — (Epictetus) always plan Time to Your Advantage -This is most important with External Obstacles. You must learn to manage your impatience and be ready when the doubts clear. Set a preliminary schedule with clear milestones so you can track forward or backward progress. This way you'll see the cumulative impact of miniscule change. I had many challenges and obstacles, many of my colleagues’ could not progress when they lacked creativity. I am still strong to survive in this competitive world with designing skills with my basic knowledge in typing, made me achieve the success. Today I remember my Mother whose advice to learn simple typing made me adapt to computers, design, and the knowledge for better understanding of Medicine, Microbiology and Theology. Our Indian education system lacks the enthusiasm to learn beyond the syllabus,  just try to learn a skill, one day you are recognised for your talents.   Never forget to learn a skill which may keep you engaged in the world, and helps to overcome many challenges In LIFE. Dr.T.V.Rao MD Professor of Microbiology Freelance writer
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