Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ambition

As a child how many times have you been asked this question, 'What do you want to do when you grow up?' or 'What's your ambition in life?'

A typical child usually gives answers which I think are chiefly guided by what they have heard their parents say eg. becoming a doctor, engineer etc. These could be their parents ambitions for them or more unfortunately their parents unfulfilled ambitions.

I wonder why we feed children with such suggestions. I feel they stop being in touch with their feelings very early in life because of these suggestions.

If someone asked me that question I would probably say 'Not much'. That's an option that a lot of people would choose but unfortunately it doesn't even figure in the list of options that society/ educational institutions/ family etc. ask you to choose from. Not doing much or not becoming that elusive 'Someone' is looked down upon by the masses. This is crazy coz if you think about it, a lot of people today wait for their retirement. They aren't happy with what they do. They want to retire early. Why do you think people want to retire at an early age?

Think about it. Retired folks are usually people who 'don't do much' in terms of what society values. So, if you want to take an early retirement then basically understand that all you really wanted to do in life was 'not do much'. That has always been your goal but a lot of dust settled on it because of what others wanted you to do and thus you never saw it.

Remember, when you don't want to do much then actually you gain the freedom to do anything which you feel like doing at that point in time. When you don't need to be 'someone' then you can start being 'one' with yourself. Believe me, that's all that matters.

I wasn't doing much when I wrote this piece.