“Career”, “Life”, “Decisions”, “Success” and “Focus”
They seem to be such heavy words for choti si nanhi si jaan like me. 😛
Let me tell you something about my life. I was someone who was confused about what to do in life. I changed my school after 10th and switched to IBDP. I had no valid reason for it though. All I had as an explanation was that IB has open choices of subjects, whereas, CBSE requires you to pick a particular stream. I was confused while selecting a stream for me, so I went ahead with IBDP.
After my schooling, I chose hotel management as my career choice. Spending half a year in college, I realized that something was missing. This wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do in life. So I decided to drop out of that course (I’m thankful that I had such supportive parents who wanted to see me happy with whatever I do in life). Well, that was one hell of an experience to miss the finals of the first year and just kick that course away from my life 😛 (Though I love everything about that course and miss all the happy times spent there).
After coming back home, I realized that media and communication was my forever love. That is where I belong. I applied for the same at a few colleges, got through and then again, it was in my hands to make or break my career. I am happy that I decided for myself and have no regrets in life like, “I wish I could have tried HM” or something. I’m glad I gave it a shot.
I knew this question was going to come my way and it did. I was asked by a lot of people, “Why did you choose hotel management when you had to quit?” This is the answer I gave to everyone, stating some weird thinking of mine. (I sometimes laugh at my own thoughts 😛 )
“See, HM was like a new crush for me, just like you have with people. You are attracted to someone but in the back of your head, you know that it isn’t meant to be forever. It’s just temporary. The same thing was with this course. It was interesting at first, but with time, I realized that this isn’t my forever love; Not something I would want to do all my life. So I backed off before it got too late.”
A lot of people also told me that I wasted one year doing something which I don’t want to pursue now. I said, “Gaining knowledge or educating yourself about any damn thing is never a waste. At some point or the other in life, it is going to help you. You wouldn’t realize it now but few years down the line, you’ll definitely remember it with a smile on your face.”
Some choices in life are tough to make. A job that you love but has a lesser pay is definitely better than the job with more pay but you dislike it. So, doing what you love is the most important thing.
I still remember that during my 12th grade, we were supposed to make a yearbook of our batch. We were all asked to submit one picture of ours with our name, nicknames, date of birth, hobbies and future plans to the students in charge of this project. I exactly remember my words in the “future plans” column. I wrote:
I want to do something in media and communication, and become successful in life.
And guess what? That’s where I am, taking my first step towards fulfilling my dream. It took time to realize what I wanted in life, but it’s better late than never. You only live once. So, experiment things, explore your interests and grab every opportunity you get in life to grow. Because… you never know what surprises life throws at you.
P.S. I’m not motivating anyone to change courses or juggle between choices in life. All I’m trying to say is that it’s okay to be confused. It’s okay to make mistakes. But what’s wrong, is living that one mistake and regretting it later.
(Thanks Abhi, for the suggestion to write about the change in my life.)