I started the day by watching a video. And, I’ve this habit to read or watch something before I get out of my bed, so that I’d have something to contemplate about, for the rest of the day. Now, the video I just watched did the same- stirred thoughts and emotions, so much that I wanted to pause the video midway and start writing about it immediately!
The video is about how we are asked this question – “What do you want to become when you grow up?” as kids and how, with time, it gets more uncomfortable answering that (for many of us) and how our varying answers become unsettled or give us anxiety. For one might not know what one wants to become. Or one might be interested in more than two different and completely unrelated areas of interest.
More often than not, this whole idea of having one true calling is romanticized and we are made to believe that – we must have one single career choice (sometimes with no alternatives) and that we must pursue it, or else we won’t be doing anything worthwhile with our lives or we may never be able to earn enough to pay our mortgage or fulfill our basic needs. We are made to feel that there is something wrong with ourselves for wanting to do two (or more) different things and the end results of pursuing them together will never be rewarding. Yes, it happens and it is a sad thing.
Learning something and be all consumed by it is an altogether a different experience. It is a personal endeavour, and it so happens that one may quit in the process, and that’s okay. Knowledge stays. Learning is never a waste of time. Each individual has the luxury to apply the knowledge acquired at the intersection of his/her interests, and sometimes, be surprised with the end results. The key is to follow our curiosities to wherever they take us, down those rabbit holes, away from immediate reality. For those who explore and stay curious, are the ones who have the ability to bring the dire changes, not just in their lives but others as well. And, sometimes there is no true calling but many.