“It was the day of my convocation, & I was finally going to become a doctor. My parents lived in a small town away from the city, & couldn’t travel. So the only family that was coming was my older sister. She was a doctor too. We weren’t well to do, & grew up seeing hardships. So it was our dream to become doctors & make our parents proud.
I still remember how excited she was to come for the convocation & how proud she was of me. She called me before leaving & told me that she was on her way. A couple of hours after that, I’d reached, but she hadn’t. Initially I thought she was stuck in traffic, but after trying several times when I still couldn’t get through to her, I was worried.
Just then my mom called me to say that a stranger had called her & said that my sister had met with an accident. She was walking, when a car lost control, rammed into her & then sped away.
For a second, everything around me was blank - I couldn’t register anything. I rushed to the hospital…When I reached, I saw her, in a pool of blood; unconscious. The doctor said that she’d injured her head badly & it was inoperable—there was nothing they could do. My parents, & all of my sister’s friends came too. None of us could believe it. The doctors said that she wouldn’t survive for a long time & in a few days, she passed away.
I couldn’t help but blame myself… she barely left her dorm & the one time she did—it was for my convocation. She was out on that street, at that time, for nobody else, but me. And now she was gone...For days I was in a state of shock & couldn’t accept it.
The doctor had given us a bag of her belongings, but we’d never opened it. One day, when I was finally ready, I went ahead & opened it. When I did, I found a handmade box, which she’d decorated & in it was an idol of Ganpati Bhagwan. She’d also handwritten these motivating quotes & one of them said, ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’ I don’t have her anymore, but I have her memories that remind me to keep going.
I may not have gotten to say goodbye to her one last time, but I know she’s looking down at me—smiling, because I’ve finally become a doctor...for the both of us.”