Mr. George who used to teach philosophy came to the classroom. Everyone was quite since everyone liked Mr. George. He was truly a handsome man who had grey beard and who always looked sophisticated. He never lost his temper. He always said, “My job is to guide you. I do not want to control you since you must choose your own path in life. Do what your heart tells you to do and follow your dreams.”
Some students were good but some others did not deserve to be there in the college. They were spoilt brats. Charlie was certainly not one of those kids who loved to make fun of other students but he had become a part of the gang. His parents used to work hard to pay his college fee and he knew that. It was something that changed the direction of his life. Once or twice, he tried to get a side job so that he could support his family but there was no good job for an undergraduate. He hated himself since he always considered himself a burden on his parents who had high expectation from him. He would spend time hanging out with a useless bunch of friends and attend very few classes. Like most other students in college, he liked and admired Mr. George.
One day when Mr. George was on his way to college, he saw Charlie waiting for his bus. He looked pale as if he had not eaten anything for two days. Mr. George pulled over his car and waved his hand to call Charlie. Charlie was lost in his own thoughts. Mr. George stepped out of his car and patted him on the back. “Where are you lost? Come I can give you a lift,” Mr. George said.
“That’s what I asked you, “Mr. George said as he put the first gear.
Charlie had always been very secretive but bad at hiding his true emotions. It was written all over his face that something was killing him.”
“How’s everything? I hope you are studying hard. You must score good marks this year since only then you can study in a first rate university in future,” Mr. George said in a mild tone.
How could Charlie tell him that he spent most of his time hanging out with his rich friends who had expensive cars and credit cards? He was worried about his future. He did not want to fail his parents but life was already moving in a wrong direction. Books have started making him sick.
Charlie didn’t even get to know that they had already reached college. Mr. George parked the car and gave Charlie a nod to go his classroom. As soon as Mr. George disappeared, Charlie rushed towards the cafeteria. Mr. George knew that Charlie needed someone to guide him but he was a wise man. He was waiting for the right time.
A few days later, at around five in the evening Charlie was smoking cigarettes and joking around with his friends in the cafeteria. He got stunned when he saw Mr. George right in front of him. He could no longer hold his cigarette and forgot that he had just taken the last sip from his beer bottle. Mr. George grabbed him from his collar and dragged him to his cabin. He shut the door behind.
“What’s wrong with you,” Mr. George asked him.
Charlie was in a shock, as he had never seen Mr. George losing his cool. He kept quiet for a minute and said, “Why me Mr. George. There were so many other students in the cafeteria. You didn’t say a word to them.”
Mr. George gave him a tight slap and said, “Because I believe in you, Charlie.”
Charlie had not heard anyone using those words in a while. His parents have also given up on him.
“Because I know that if you try your level best you can realize your dreams. You can do it Charlie. Hang on to it, you are so close to your goal,” Mr. George said.
A few minutes later, Charlie came out of the room. He had tears in his eyes but he was happy that someone still believed in him.
The incidence changed his life. He had made a mess but now he was not determined to change everything. He had learnt the art to face the harsh realities of life. He knew that his hardships could strengthen his efforts.