The Road Ahead

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CHOICES,SECOND THOUGHTS AND THE ROAD AHEAD

Submitted: May 29, 2013

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There is a humongous thirst in all of us, the youth of this country, to perform. Let us accept, that our predecessors, were no less under pressure, but of a different sort. they had to make both ends meet, and if they could manage that, there was happiness and respect in life.We however, are stuck in a different plane. The same preceding generation encourages us but this push is not just to sustain “happily” but to EXCEL. We ourselves are dissatisfied with an “average” life and an average “lifestyle”. Our idea of “Successful” is very screwed up and in this mad goose chase, where the goose is the ephemeral, un-baggable “satisfaction, aka happiness aka success aka money”. We end up picking the wrong chunks-choices which seem to guarantee a perennial flow of cash and slow but sure trickling out of the will to work.

Do you know how the people who love their job describe their mornings? They look forward to work. How many of us can say that. Let us face it : India faces crisis in many fields because our human resource is in all the wrong places. People who could have been great cooks had they followed their heart are selling toilet cleaners and potential sports stars are slogging in dental colleges. Why are we afraid of making “unconventional” choices? I use the double quotation marks because i do not agree with anything being labelled as unconventional. People label A or B as unconventional because it is unpredictable according to them- because they never had the courage to follow their hearts.

To those who would like to ask the question, “ If I would have done what I liked, would I have been successful?”, all that I will like to reply is that there is one certainty in life and that is there is no certainty.So there is no guarantee anywhere. But people, please open your eyes. If possible, name one person who is successful AND who does not put his soul in his work.

So it happens that there was a man named Steve Jobs. He dropped out six months into college. In his own words, “ I could not see the value in it. I had no idea what to do in life and how college was going to help me figure it out”. I am not suggesting to you that if you are having second thoughts about your medical degree then throw your hands up. But find that certain something which you find your heart and soul in. Don’t ever give up on it. Please keep that one thing which instills life in you. Let that be your inspiration. Try to go professional with it. If it does not work out, never let it down your spirit. What is life but a series of inspired follies anyway?

Steve uttered some very inspiring lines at Stanford some years ago. You probably have heard them. Here is to remind you of them. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. - Everything else is secondary.”

He said something very deep in these lines. Think about it.

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