Veera Bhajan tells students be the best you can be
Thursday, July 24 2014
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Just like what her parents Pooran and Reshma Bhajan did many years ago, encouraging her to go after her dreams despite her disability, attorney at law Veera Bhajan, 25, is now urging other parents of differently abled students to do the same for them.
It helps their growth in a world that at times may be cruel to persons with disabilities, she said.
Addressing the 2014 graduating class of National Centre for Persons with Disabilities, Bhajan who was born without arms, paid tribute to her parents who she said has never left her side.
“They are my role models,” Bhajan told the graduates. “I never had to look at television or anywhere else to find a role model because my parents have always been by my side throughout my life. I continue to encourage you parents, to guide your children no matter what.”
The life lessons taught by her parents remain invaluable, she said. “My parents have taught me what no law school or university could ever teach me and that is no matter what I do, be the best that I can be.”
Bhajan, the holder of the Humming Silver medal delivered her feature address to the graduands, their families and friends at the City Hall Auditorium San Fernando. She revealed that her journey as a disabled person had its fair share of challenges.
She continued, “But I believe attitude is everything and I remember having negative thoughts for a long time and it was only when I changed my attitude and began thinking positive that I was really able to push forward.”
Disability, she noted, should not be an excuse not to move forward in life.
Over the years, Bhajan has become a motivational speaker and told her peers that it was only when she accepted herself for who she is, was she able to move on. She had listened to that inner voice that told her she can accomplish her dream.
“There is a voice in you too and I encourage you to find that voice and always listen to it.” she told them. Yesterday, a total of 31 students smartly dressed in the gowns and mortar boards received certificates in Office Administration, Beauty Culture, Bookbinding, Food Preparation, Woodwork , Agriculture and Welding. Class valedictorian was Lystra Singh.