THE girl born without arms but who achieved her childhood dream of becoming an attorney, shared her inspiring story yesterday with the graduating class of the San Fernando TML Primary School.
And by the time Veera Bhajan ended her address, the audience was in awe, and some in tears.
Many of the 70 graduating pupils who listened in silence to the Bhajan's story at Omardeen's Building, Cipero Road, San Fernando, said it would inspire them to be better persons, and no longer complain about the small inconveniences of life.
Bhajan said: "I believe in not making excuses and in complaining less.
Having a positive attitude is everything. Attitude is bigger than any obstacle or any challenges that you would face in your life. What you think is what you become."
Bhajan, who is a National Humming Bird Medal awardee, and Express Individual of the Year 2009, also told the pupils that far too often people go through life making excuses "but if anyone should have an excuse, that would be me, but I was able to make it through my studies."
Bhajan said waking up each day is enough to be thankful for and having her feet and brain was enough encouragement to pursue her dreams of becoming an attorney.
She said her support to make her dreams come true lay in the strength of her parents.
Her message was: "Try not to focus on your disabilities, your limitation or your challenges.
Instead focus on you abilities. Focus on every single ability that you have.
Know what they are and dig deep within until you find your strengths and use them to the best of your ability."
She added: "When I was at your age, I always compared myself to the person sitting next to me. Every single person had arms and I didn't. But the person sitting next to you would always be different from you. So never undermine your worth by comparing yourself with anyone. You are all worthy and very special in different ways."
Pupil Sharvaani Maharaj who gave the valedictory address, also won the principal's trophy.
Those receiving special awards included Marriyah Baksh, Micaela Charan, Sajjad Khan, Chelsea Rampat, Sauda Abraham, Khaveen Mungroo and Britney Peters.