What will you become when you grow up? I think this is absolutely a Universal Question from which no one in this world can escape being posed, irrespective of Religion, Region, Race, Color, Caste, Cultures, Nation, Status and Sex. Now I think all of u went back into ur platinum days of childhood which had pure, innocent, uncorrupted, unpolluted instinctual minds and brains (Have you ever wondered what is the difference between mind and brain?). And I hope u have remembered the “Answers” too. How many of us hadn’t dreamt of becoming a Sachin Tendulkar??..........That’s the beauty of childhood……….Gradually the stage comes where we strongly feel instinctual passion for certain domain and area in which we believe that we can free our energies to attain the stage of self-actualization which has nothing to do with Success and Failure concepts.It may be painting, singing, dancing, playing, writing, reading, exploring,photography, questioning, repairing, driving, gardening, cleaning, thinking, learning, traveling, acting, designing, constructing, coding, service, yoga and more verbs. But most of us don’t become what we exactly want because of societal obligations and family responsibilities.
All we do is mugging up ready made answers to win the rat race of marks scoring. We hardly learn how to Question. We hardly write our own answers. Our educational system is so sick that except making us ready to work us in corporate environment which is robbing our country openly in the name of SEZs, it has nothing to offer regarding moral, civic and social education. Politicians have nothing to do with this because this is the problem of societal mindset. Our destination is US. Our concern is US Market stability and durability. Our heart beats for for US dollar’s strength. How come we can expect a student will take H.E.C group after his tenth standard if society is expecting him to be in US? I think we should pass a law making it compulsory for every student to under go a software course at Ameerpet after his academic completion. Again I have some questions for us. Do we eat an ice-cream of someone’s favorite flavour? Do we watch movie just because someone else wants to? Do we watch cricket because most of us are watching? Do we buy clothes just because shopwaala has suggested? Do u like Rahman just because I admire him? Do we like a colour just because someone else declares it as his best colour? Do we eat biryani because it is our friend’s best dish? Do u read this blog because someone else is reading? ..... I think you don’t…….We are not slaves to others wishes.… We are the Masters of our wishes, our passions, our thoughts, our goals, our decisions.
Then why do we choose careers which are meant for someone’s passions and goals???
We pursue them just because they are lucrative, popular and affluent and of course its not a career for us, it’s a job for us (there is a difference between job an career). Yes, we do have a certain set of standard reasons (Parents, Society and Friends) for choosing so. I don’t understand why should we spend our life (Don’t spend life, live life…) in trying to achieve others goals in the guise of material accumulation. Have you ever wondered how much job satisfaction do we get from our current jobs n virtual/pseudo careers? How many Sundays we have to sleep with the feeling of running away from Mondays? How many Mondays we have to go to office with only hope of next Friday evening? I think soon we will feel this philosophy, "I code and therefore i exist".
I feel that we have always walked an extra mile just to get things done until we discover that we are miles away from everything in Life. Until then the wheels of mechanical life keep rotating to convert us into proverbial Goats. We should not live life like satellites; just revolving around others aims n goals. We are stars in our own way. We don’t want to be anybody but somebody we always wanted to be.
Everyone encourages us to grow up to the point where we can discount our own bad moods. Few encourage us to continue to the point where we can discount society’s bad moods. How can we see the wave, when we are the water?
Hoping for the time to come to free ourselves from “Forced Careers”…..!