The Power of Impromptu

It was a sunny day in the year 2016.

I’m standing beside one of the football grounds of Mirzapur Cadet College, talking with someone regarding English Extempore. That person told me to try to “think outside the box”. I had just started my journey as a speaker back then. So, I took his advice and kept practicing.

I don’t even know when I got immersed in the world of impromptu. I started thinking about diversified topics all the time. Deep contemplation would often make me absent minded during our games time, but it didn’t really matter to me that much, as speaking did. As I kept practicing for my first Inter House English Extempore Competition, something terrible happened.

For the first and last (hopefully) time of my life, I got affected with Chicken Pox. I just couldn’t believe how my fate turned out ; this was the only competition I actually liked. Pissed off, I stopped dreaming about the competition and started cursing my fate .

What happened next can be described by a quote from the book “The Alchemist ” ,

“When you really want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”

Paulo Coelho

My face glimmered with a ray of hope as I saw one of my senior brothers walking through the hospital doors. He was the same person who supervised our practice. He informed me that I might be given a chance to participate, if I prove to be the best among those who practiced. What could be more relieving than this ?

The following evening, he came again and told me to give a speech on My Mother. I had it arranged, so I didn’t face that much of a problem. But I still didn’t know if I was selected for the competition or not. Anxious, I kept over thinking about my state again. Fortunately, it didn’t last long.

I was the happiest person on the planet when I heard the footsteps of our mentor in the morning of the competition. I knew why he came and that’s exactly why I was so happy.

I am standing in front of the stage of MCC. My legs are trembling in fear . I will get my topic within the next five minutes. I am more nervous than I thought I would be . To keep the flow, I practiced the speech on My Mother in front of the mic, just before the competition began .

As I am the first speaker, I go in front of the JPs to pick up my topic. As i turned over the page, I felt for the first time that I was a very lucky guy.

I received the topic , “My mother ” .

I became 3rd in that competition, and it was my first achievement in cadet life. I started believing in myself. Maybe I was not useless after all.

At times, to change our life, all it takes is just one magical moment. And I consider myself grateful because I experienced it.

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