I've managed with only a cycle all these years. Now for certain unavoidable reasons needed to get a scooter license and drive a scooter. My husband borrowed an old scooter from his friend - hoping that our tryst with scooters will be short lived. Its rather battered.
Our sixteen year old feels embarrassed that she is on a battered vehicle. I told her I feel more embarrassed at being on a petrol run vehicle. She kept quiet. After all she knows of global warming and climate change. And how each of us is part of the problem.
CBSE results seem to be out. I remember my own CBSE times. Passing out of 12th with decent marks. Things were fine. Not getting into IIT was a failure. Then not getting into the most desired college in town was a further sense of failure. The ones who made it to IIT and AIIMS were the heros and heroines of those teenage days. Well, some decades later - none of the people I admired then, claim any admiration today.
The people I have valued deeply and consistently, have been valued for essential values of empathy, integrity, courage, honesty. Some happen to have been in once desired colleges, but that is an irrelevent detail in the whole schema.