NATASHA KOTHARI (18)
Mithibai College of Arts, Mumbai
Maybe for you she is just an absurd and unattractive girl who does nothing but gives out weird vibes and does awkward things. But she goes home everyday thinking about why she can’t be like that girl in class who has an appealing face and apparently a magnetic charm. No matter how hard she tries, she falls flat each time. She has no one to tell her that she is perfect and beautiful in her own way. No one to tell her that it doesn’t matter how she looks, that she is amazing just the way she is. Maybe that is why she tries harder, cries harder. Don’t judge.
Maybe for you he is just another unsightly, moronic boy, who is socially handicapped and makes an ass of himself each time he tries. But maybe if you scratch the surface you’ll see a person with a heart of gold who knows he has nothing on those boys who are idolized by girls, knowing also that no one is ready to look at him deeper than his skin, he expects failure but tries anyway, cries anyway. Don’t judge.
Maybe for you that’s just another street dog wandering from road to road, hiding in plain sight and is nothing that needs attention. Maybe if you cared a little more you’d know that it’s not just a dumb dog, but a being with a heart that craves love and affection in a world that just sees it as nothing but a stupid obstacle, unnecessary. It’s a being that just wants someone to want it too, but it tries to survive anyway, cries anyway. Don’t judge.
Maybe for you she is just another unproductive housewife who has made nothing of her life. She is that vacuous lady who just rubs her nose in everybody else’s business and forces her children to work harder, achieve more and try their hand at everything they can. Maybe if you dig deeper you’ll find a woman who built a life for the rest of her family on the foundation that was supported by her broken, unfulfilled and forgotten aspirations. Now all she tries to do is make her family happy; perhaps nobody sees it that way. She tries anyway, cries anyway. Don’t judge.
Maybe for you he/she is just another stupid person who gets paid to be your servant, and should bloody well do his job exactly as he/she is told to, for you. They dare not have a mind of their own and have water from the same glass as yours. Probably, if you wipe away the fog of ego, you’d see that he/she is just a person trying to earn bread for their family, trying to please you every day, because if it wasn’t for you, their family may die of hunger. But they don’t revolt. They try harder, cry harder. Don’t judge.
Maybe for you she is just another one of those girls that get showered with blizzards of attention and does anything under the sun to make sure that the supply never stops. You notice that they find their arrogance and power stemming from their so-called beauty and makes sure everyone sees it that way. But maybe if you change your perspective a bit, you’ll see a girl who is struggling every minute of every day just trying to find acceptance. She is fighting battles within herself that creates storms in her mind; she just can’t love herself enough. Maybe that’s why she tries harder, cries harder. Don’t judge.
Maybe for you he is just a docile old man who rants about his good old days with those ever so nostalgic eyes, always talking about how things and people functioned back in his time, utterly dismissing your interest if any and talking about nothing productive as you would perceive. If you would just listen more carefully you’d hear what loneliness feels like, you’d know how it sounds when you don’t feel like you belong and nobody helps you, they try anyway, cry anyway. Don’t judge.
Maybe for you she/he is just another child living in conditions far from acceptable, living in a family with peanuts for an income, just another child who is underprivileged and has life harder than the rest. You think they might just grow up to be those rowdy individuals that the rest of his/her family members are. But if you just paid a little more attention you’ll notice that inside that child is the urge to make it big, the urge to get rid of those hard conditions that block all opportunities and make life better, all she/he needs is someone to offer a hand. But they hardly ever succeed; they try anyway, cry anyway. Don’t judge.
This article has been published in the October 2015 issue of The Teenager Today.