Saturday, August 20, 2016

There is still time!

My Objectives : 2011

1. Change Job
2. Save 60% of Monthly income
3. Go on a Euro trip , if not World Tour
4. Write a full length novel
5. Visit Himalayas

My Objectives : 2016

1. Change Job (the same ffng job that I held 6 yrs ago)
2. Save Money (even if it just Rs. 1000)
3. Visit a foreign country (even if it is within Asia)
4. Write blog post regularly
5. Go on any trek (even if it is a nearby hill station)

What conclusion do you derive from the above list? Absolutely nothing less than pathetic, I suppose. I do not blame you. I myself am shocked to realize where I stand as opposed to where I thought I'd be. This just proves how limiting life becomes (or you limit yourself) as you grow older & older.

Think about it, all of us would have been asked this question at school - "What do you want to become when you grow up? What is your life's ambition?". My answer had always been "Space Research" . I was always fascinated by the sky and all things beyond our visibility. The mystery land just waiting to be explored by the mighty Captain Gayathri (my own version of Spaceman Spiff, back then). Yes, even then I was too dumb to create a cool alter ego. The point is, I bet not even 30% of the entire world population would have actually become what they had always wanted to do.

I had read somewhere that Passion is not just about being extremely interested in something, but it is about being good at something. Only when we excel at something, do we get motivated to do it more and more. But unfortunately, studying and clearing an exams with top marks is the only thing that is expected of kids. Even though they do not excel in it, it is the only thing that the society "motivates" them to do. There arises the basic conflict of interest. Kids get two options - 1. To pursue their own interests even if that meant scoring poorly in school tests  OR 2.  To fight their interests and earn the support of their parents and end up doing what 80% of the lot choose to do.

Most of them take the easy way out and never realize what they are missing out on. They are the so called "blissful ignorant" ones. But there are the other few unlucky ones who realize this when it is too late and keep regretting their decisions all the way through, without once trying to make amends.

The purpose of this post is to re-iterate that there is still time, even if you are 65 years old and are suffering from some illness (Watch the movie "Bucketlist"). If you are somewhere in your late 20s (like yours truly) when these goddamn thoughts enter your brain about how you are stuck at a job you hate and there is no way out, please do yourselves a favour and stop whining. Now! You should be happy that you have a job in the first place. You can still cut down those extra pair of sandals / handbags / gym subscriptions which you can do without and save your money to accomplish those more important things on your "to-do" list. Like "Go on a Euro Trip, if not World tour".


Now is your time. Go figure.

4 comments:

Manasa said...

Good start. Time to make more of it come true.

Vaishnavi Nagarajan said...

Very nice blog gayu .. could relate to it completely.. n yeah.. time to put it into action which is the most toughest part ..

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prasad gr said...

Good write up . Its like reading my diary, it at all I had one 😀

There is still time!

My Objectives : 2011 1. Change Job 2. Save 60% of Monthly income 3. Go on a Euro trip , if not World Tour 4. Write a full length novel...