Whenever we feel unmotivated or derailed from our goal, we look around for boost in motivation, but there are some people around us who have an unending reservoir of motivation and passion embedded in their system. These are the people who fight against their circumstances and face all challenges head-on. Fifteen-year-old Baksho devi is a perfect example for those who blame their circumstances for their failures.
Belonging from Una district, Himachal Pradesh a mere fifteen-year-old Baksho devi’s feat is no less than a miracle in itself. This little Champion ran barefoot in the 5000-metre race during the district level school athletics and bagged a stunning gold only because of her sheer determination.
The class 9 girl from a small district of Himachal Pradesh participated in the race for the first time and won over every odd to grab a gold, running barefoot, in her school uniform, as her family could not afford the expenses of shoes or proper dress. Her condition became even difficult due to extreme pain in gall bladder because of stone. Even the last minute extreme pain could not deter Baksho for her aim.The rising Champion who lost her father nine years ago at a small age has now been shortlisted by the Youth and Sports Department to participate in state-level athletics meet.
Living in nothing more than a shack, her diet nowhere comes near the diet of an athlete of her age and upon that she has an additional responsibility to earn living for her family, delicately balancing between Domestic chores and classes. ”For me, PT Usha is a role model and her passion for athletics is an inspiration for me. I want to be like her” said the strongly determined Baksho. She has a strong desire to excel equally in studies while continuing athletics, her strong will is what actually sets her apart from rest.
The widowed mother of Baksho, Bimla Devi said ” Now the help is coming from various people and organisations. She is now participating in the state-level event with proper dress and shoes”. She also said a doctor based in Solan town has offered to pay for the treatmwnt of Baksho’s gallstone after her struggle with pain grabbed social media’s attention. Also, a native politician has announced a cash amount of 11,000 as prize to the budding champion. ”She has presented an example that anything can be achieved in life with strong deteremination and constant efforts” the politician said.
It has been rightly said that hard work and determination are the the tools that can forge you into a weapon that is unbeatable. Stories like these wakes us from our deep slumber to realize what true passion and will can do.