Australian Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs, once said, “If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?”
For most people, a good life means having control over their day-to-day activities and being able to choose how they live. However, disability of any kind can present immense challenges and it often takes immense courage to face the stigma and discrimination that can come from the society. Here are three inspiring stories that show us that despite facing difficulties, one can earn a living with dignity and respect.
Dilip Jain, a street vendor
Dilip Jain, a cripple, can barely talk, but he is making his ends meet by selling everyday items that he carries in a briefcase.
Dilip sits at the new crossover at Goregaon railway station (Mumbai) everyday from morning till evening. He sells pens, handkerchiefs, combs, pass holders etc. that range from Rs 5 to Rs 20.
What sets him apart from the ordinary is that he refuses to accept your money unless you buy something from him. Moreover, he will return the last penny of your change, if you try to hand him as “tip”.
50-year-old Dilip, a self-made man, feeds his family with the earnings from the railway station.
Rohit Nair, a commuter who met Dilip and talked about him his story on his Facebook account, found Dilip’s story inspirational because being a cripple, Dilip could have resorted to begging, but what he did was very respectful.
“If you ever pass by him, please uplift his efforts by buying something even if it is the least expensive item. I would like to bring to your attention that Dilip not only works to support himself but also has a sister to look after! (The respect just keeps growing!),” he said.
Dilip, who ain’t looking for anybody’s sympathy, is a true inspiration for us.
Book seller (Name Unknown)
Bhagyashree Jha wrote in her timeline about this book seller in Parihar Chowk road, Pune.
“He is a specially abled man in formals who speaks in the language which is not known by us but known by a species that have a bigger heart and mind,” she wrote.
She said that despite getting bullied regularly, he just smiles at the onlookers and manages the traffic as well, when there are no traffic police personnel.
She said the man works hard everyday and asks the travelers politely through sign language to buy his books.
Car parking attendant (Name Unknown)
The man above is oldest member of the parking team at Delhi’s busy Janpath Lane. He uses his hands to guide people to park their cars in out of the lanes and keep an eye on the parked cars.
He is a ‘deaf and dumb’ man and communicates with others through sign language. This man has been able to educate his children and was able to marry off his daughters all through the money he has earned by working as a parking attendant.