I am a 12th grade student with no idea what my future will be like. At present I just know I need to study to graduate high school and after that… well I do know what it can be according to others. Am gonna get admission in an Engineering college. Then I’ll become an engineer and work my ass off everyday. Be the most studious and sincere child, my parents can want me to be and be proud of. But when did I choose to become an engineer? I do not even remember about making plans after high school. All I have thought about is what am I gonna do tonight, making plans with my friends for the weekend, what am gonna wear to the movies, or what food should I get for the slumber party,etc.
My parents tell me about me as if they sat on a time machine, breaking through the barriers went saw my future and now came back to the present to tell me about it. When I was much, much younger my parents decided my future for me and I won’t lie, it used to excite me that I would become an engineer. But now, when I am elder enough to understand myself, my interests, all I ask myself is,’ Do I wanna become Engineer? Is it what I want?’
When I was eight I wanted to become the president of India. All I would do is stand on my hall room sofa and give speech to the TV, furniture, etc. On reaching 11, I wanted to become an astronaut. Go to the moon, see the stars from close. See how beautiful the space is. And the most exciting part was the rocket I would sit on and go. The one I first saw on Tom and Jerry show. At the age of 14, I wished to become a rock star and go on world tours. Have a show like Hannah Montana. Be a part of the world’s coolest bands like Linkin Park, Maroon 5, etc. Now, if someone asks me what you wanna become, then I’ll answer definitely engineer with all the question marks suppressed in my heart and mind. And I’ll just wanna say ‘Who the hell knows?’ At least I don’t.
Right from the 6th standard I have a future planned by my parents when all I wanted to do is chill, go dancing with my friends, make fun of others with them, laugh out loud on the streets and just have fun. What happened to school being about fun and making friends, making mistakes and learning from them?? Why is it just about competition now? Why is success just about fame and money? Why can’t it just be about being happy and feeling great?
May be people have forgotten to love their job. Or may be they have forgotten to do the job they love. Why isn’t passion an option anymore? Indirectly it’s always the society who’s deciding everything for you. In this human race have we forgotten to do what we love in order to love what we are asked to do? Can’t I be the one to choose a career for myself?
Too many questions with the urge of finding the answers. Stop searching for the answers elsewhere and ask yourself. Ask questions and keep asking until you get all the answers you are looking for. If there will be no questions then there’s no answers. If no answers, then there’s no YOU.
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