Sunday, May 04, 2014

Should You Sell Your Dreams For A Lucrative Corporate Job?

By Sunaina Patnaik at Sunday, May 04, 2014

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.P.S. I Love You

You remember how as a child you would dream, dream to do wonderful things, and as you grow up, you cling on to these dreams, hoping one day you will achieve all those innocent dreams you have had as a child.

Sadly, reality comes into the picture when you turn into an adult. The dreams you've had as a child eventually fade and sometimes, you give in to the pressure that is thrusted upon you by your parents, family, extended family, and oh, how can I forget, the neighbours. 

You have mortgages to take care of, bills to pay, and you know, the dream of turning into something awesome takes a back seat. You are confused! Questions like "Painter? What will you earn? Ten cents? Not everyone can become a Pablo Picasso, you know", "Why can't you become an Engineer? Software industry has a better prospect", "Musician? You should get an MBA degree from an Ivy League." become a part of your life. And as much as you want to chide the people who confuse you with questions like this, you cannot help but agree that they are realistic too. Aren't they?

Should you sell your dreams for a lucrative corporate job? is a million dollar question that we twenty somethings face almost everyday. 

Dear parents, we are clueless too. We want to chase our dreams. We want to be a Jane Austen, a Pablo Picasso, a Bruce Springsteen. We want you to understand that we want to stand out and as much as absurd it sounds to you, we do not need riches. Practically, we all need money. Yes, we all do. But we are struggling here, trying to voice our opinions, and yes, we know the repercussions of not taking up a software job. What can we do? Our childhood dreams haunt us. They do not let us sleep in the night. They remind us of what we are and what we can become.

Oh, we totally understand that neighbour aunt's elder son is an investment banker and has a swanky car in his garage. We admit it, we cannot afford it. Not for the next ten years at least. But we are alright with it. 

So the next time you ask us how we would manage our rent, we want to ask you few questions too. When will we find time to travel and gain beautiful experiences? When will we meet intriguing people like us? When, just when can we do major goof-ups and blame our juvenile phase for it? When will we fail majorly and learn all the lessons? When will we fall in love and experience a heartbreak? When will we experience anything, just anything that is remotely different from what we are doing?

Not all of us here are meant to work under corporate honchos, and turn cynical by the time we turn 30. Not all of us here want an Audi. Not all of us here want an insanely ludicrous bank balance. We are happy to live our dreams. We are happy spending our life creating something beautiful. We are infectiously glad doing what we are meant to do. If we spend an eternity living your dreams, when should we live ours? 

We want to take a leap of faith, and is it too much to ask you to believe in our dreams? Because we are wired differently, and we believe in the beauty of our dreams.


anwesha on 4 May 2014, 07:06:00 said...

This is beautiful...I love it :)

ankitha on 4 May 2014, 07:08:00 said...

feels lovely to read this..u speak my mind..we believe in the beauty of our dreams.. :) love u girl :)

Ramyatha on 4 May 2014, 07:09:00 said...

This one's awesome (y)

Sunaina on 4 May 2014, 07:11:00 said...

@Anwesha: Thank you.

@Ankitha: Thanks a lot.

@Ramytha: Thank you.

monica malik on 4 May 2014, 10:14:00 said...

You are right..our dreams keep reminding us of what we want to be..we don't want expensive cars n well paid job but a life full of experiences..journeys and beyond.
Lovely write up :)

Aditya on 5 May 2014, 01:41:00 said...

Loved it. Thanks for penning down the woes of this generation! :)

Sunaina on 5 May 2014, 08:21:00 said...

@Monica: Thank you.

@Aditya: Thank you.

It's me..C /\/ /) U !!!! :) on 6 May 2014, 03:29:00 said...

Awesome! And Yeah not everyone want an "Audi" :)

Sunaina on 6 May 2014, 04:08:00 said...

Thank you, Sindhu.


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