The Knowns and Unknowns
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
There are unknown unknowns,
The ones we don’t know
We don’t know
But there are also unknown knowns,
The ones we don't know
Among so many interesting topics discussed during the class sessions the one which I found most interesting and meaningful to me is “we don't know what we know”
Most of the time, when I was in sad mood I used to think in a very negative nod and always used to curse myself saying “I am a useless person, I don’t know anything”. But after the session in which we discussed about the topic “we don’t know what we know”, I turned back the pages of my life and found so many moments where I came to know that actually I was unaware of the immense potential present inside me.
One of the moments which I revisited was the incidence which took place in my school life. The incidence was like this - I went to the school with my friends for sports practice. After doing my Javelin throw’s practice, I was waiting for my friends, as they were practicing for long jump. While I was watching them practicing, one of my friend said to me – “why you are sitting here? You should also join us”. I replied to her that I don’t know how to do long jump. She said to me that you should first try it once and then you can improve upon it. “It doesn’t matter whether you jump good or bad we are just practicing here”. Hearing this I went in a queue and made an attempt for long jump. And surprisingly I jumped much better than all the others practicing there. Through this incidence I came to know that I was unaware of the fact that I know how to perform long jump. The simple attempt I gave for the long jump opened a box full of opportunity that which in turn gave me the chance to appear at the district level and win medals at the school level which at last resulted in me winning the school championship.
Like this incidence, there are many instances of which I haven’t thought of earlier but now I am able to weigh my potential. I came to know that each person is gifted with equal potential; the difference is that some are able to find it and others simply not.
From that session onwards, my thinking about myself has changed. Now, I know myself better. Thanks to sir, with the help of whom I got a life long lesson.