“But you see,” said Roark quietly, “I have, let’s say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I’ve chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I’m only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards—and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one.”
This is a quote by the protagonist of the novel The Fountainhead written by Ayn rand.
And if one has decided to plan or thinking in terms of where he/she wants his/her life to go, then one must read this quote and heartily remember this before taking up any career option for your life. Life is not a joke. It is the most important adventure that you will ever go through and there is nothing more valuable. It’s quite ironical how people take care of their cars, motorbikes, mobile phones but when it’s about life they take it for granted.
One may question this view and philosophize it by saying that it’s not quite practical to do so. But has anyone tried and found out whether it was truly possible or not. There’s a little story about a doctor (a very successful one) who was retiring and had thrown a party for that. Everyone had gathered and were enjoying except for one man- the doctor himself. A few of his friends approached him and asked for the reason of his sad mood and he replied, “I wanted to be a dancer, but was afraid to march that road alone and was afraid of my family and relatives, and thus took this job of a doctor. Now many of those relatives are dead and so is my life. Everyone is supposed to be dead one day; buried alongside their advices, there was no reason for me to be afraid. But I couldn’t see it that way at that point of time and now it’s all over.”
Let’s talk about the arithmetic of it.
The word ‘profession’ is not the same as it was before. Earlier due to lack of resources, people had to confine themselves to just one stream, but now nothing is professional anymore. Doctors are taking up IAS, a lawyer could work in agriculture as well. The relation between the degree and career need not be in consonance. If one takes the example of United States, there’s no tag of a high or low class job. Everything is considered equal. Someone who has a passion for coffee can start his own coffee shop he will be respected rather than being seen in pity. When David Cameron was the prime minister of Britain he was shown travelling in tube, sitting with the common folk who didn’t bother him with anything, because people are so sophisticated that they do not consider the job of a prime minister higher or lower to their own.
The job of a school is to help a child know his true potential so that he can take up the type of course he wants to after his schooling is over. But that’s far from reality, especially in India.
And it’s no wonder why the data shows that today a college student suffers from that level of anxiety which a patient of anxiety used to suffer 60 years ago.
And this biggest mistake that people make is they divide their life into segments that 5 years from now, the society expects me to do this, so if I don’t get a job now then what will happen to my 5-year plan. And in doing so they spoil their life completely. If one does not have this sense of divided time periods, then he will not suffer much and will be ready to take any risks related to his career. The way schooling works in this country, there are three streams- arts, commerce and science
One should not get carried away by the feeling of the crowd and listen to his own heart about what he wishes to choose. None is superior to the other and all three streams have beautiful subjects, it depends on your aptitude what you want. Don’t think in terms of job, but what strikes your core- what’s your calling. If you remain true to that, the job will not be much of a problem. Listening to parents, relatives or even teachers could be hazardous for the career as they give advice based only on monetary goals.
After the schooling period, the college begins and if one has not been able to figure out what he wishes to do after graduating and is on the verge of stepping onto the professional world, still it’s never too late. Even a science graduate can think of opening a restaurant if his interest lies in cooking and serving food to the people. Just contact a few of your friends, take some loans, find a place to start with, and start with a small establishment for the time being. One day it will grow, even if it doesn’t you won’t regret it. There’s two kinds of life one can choose- either a secure life or a shitty life. A secured one may bring you comfort and support of the people around you but it will be a dead life full of regrets. On the other hand, if you choose the chaotic one, there’s not much guarantee but you will be living a ‘life’. Living and dying even with a little feeling of regret is the worst thing that can happen.
“And, when you truly want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
― Paulo Coelho, The AlchemistThis world needs artists, poets, singers, dancers, musicians, novelists, coffee makers, painters, actors, mystics, more than anything else.