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‘… I asked my mother, What will I be?…’

The age old question. What will you be? I’ve asked myself this question at many points in life. When I had to choose between right or wrong, when I had to choose between practicality and a far fetched reality and lastly when I had to choose what I’d do with my life. Will I be a good person? Will I be a realist? Will I be a doctor/engineer/writer/painter?

The last question is the one that haunts you.

We have this inane need to plan out our career path, even before we’re old enough to give a competitive exam. It’s great to be a planner, but you need to learn how to move past a failed plan as well. While choosing a vocation, you’re not choosing who you want to be, you’re simply choosing what you’re going to be doing for 10 hours a day, for the rest of your life.

You may ask how that’s different from ‘who you are going to be’?

Your profession doesn’t define the person you are, it just determines what that person does for the majority of the day.

10 hours a day is almost 119250 hours in a working lifetime.

Don’t waster those hours on something you don’t care about, don’t waste it on someone else’s dream, don’t spend it counting cash, don’t while it away dreaming of what could have been.

Spend every single second of every hour making a difference, not only to the society, but to yourself. Do something that motivates you to get out of bed every single day and drives you passionately from one goal to another. Do something that makes you talk about work excitedly, that puts a smile on your face when someone asks you ‘What do you do’. Do something that makes you proud to answer that question.

A lot of us blindly follow a herd.

Don’t be the goat who keeps looking at greener pastures. Be the person who doesn’t compromise on a career because of peer or family pressure. Think. Think hard about what you see yourself doing, only then choose it.

Choose a vocation that makes you happy.

Because when your hair is greying and your hands are wrinkling, peer or family pressure won’t drive you to work, it’s your passion that will make you move like an agile 20 year old.

It isn’t ‘ke sera sera…’ Life is going to be what you make it. 

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