Hi Anu ma'am, I'm a class 12th JEE aspirant. Right now my life is actually seeming to be over. I have my board exams going on and JEE mains on head. The exams are not a problem but those expectations of performing good are. I've been a good student till now. Scored 96.6% in 10th and was always a sincere and obedient child. My father is an alcoholic and mother, a typical Indian housewife who is all nice, hardworking, busy with house chores, frustrated and tired all day. Before the pandemic life was much easier to me. I would go to school and forget all these problems with my family. Oh I didn't mention that my father sometimes turns abusive and beats my mother. I don't know how safe it is to share here but I wish to confide in you. So this pandemic ruined it all. I had to face the reality of my life at home. I couldn't join any coaching or tuitions as this is not that developed place. I had to manage my studies with all this stress. I kind of ruined all my progress and image as a decent performer in school. I would never in a million years blame my environment for this. My parents love me and always wish the best for me. But right now I'm scoring really low in boards as well as JEE mock tests. All this is breaking me. I always wished to study hard and explore a world outside this little, not so happy house. I don't know what I'll do if I don't get a good government school. I want to make things happy between my parents and maybe if I earn well, I can do something...I don't know what but seems like money can fix a lot of things. I'm really so depressed...I was on anti-depression pills but felt like not to continue them as they made me overthink more...I don't know why. Nowadays I would just go on and sit uselessly or sleep for the entire day as I just want it to get over. Nobody sees how sad I'm. My father is busy with his office work and mother is depressed and traumatized to some levels. I feel like I can't burden them with all this anymore. I talked to my father to get things healthy but he gets all angry and aggressive.... and I'm really weak to face that both mentally and physically. I really wish that you get time to write back to me. I really need some help. I read an article where you answered some queries and couldn't stop myself. I just want to see if it's actually over or I have anything still left in this world for me :(Thank you
Thank you for reaching out.
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Sometimes we get into situations that we obviously don’t want to be in; like I am sure you didn’t want to be in a place filled with doubts and anxiety.
But hey, do you realise what’s nice about you?
You have a trait that doesn’t believe in blaming her parents and indulging in self-pity. And that’s wonderful and you know why?
Because when you shift focus onto yourself, you start to step up and do something more useful like value and respect your own life.
So, why don’t you start with listing down all the things that you are good at.
Next, the way you used to study earlier was effective; bring that schedule and pattern of studying back.
Write down the goal/outcome clearly and put down steps to achieving it. Exams are just one part of your life and not your entire life.
As for improving your environment, all that you can do now is, fortify yourself from the heated debates and sadness and how?
By spending time with friends who support and care for you, listening to music, indulging in things that you love doing.
And lastly, smile a lot! It will make you feel wonderful from within.
Celebrate what you have and live that moment! And most importantly, love yourself and the rest will follow…
All the best!