Thursday, August 14, 2008
What do you wanna be when you grow up ?
It was just another ride in the Bombay Local for me. But little did I know that at the end, I would be in self-discovery mode.
Well this is how the story begins. I got off the train and was walking along the platform when I came across this father and daughter. The daughter was being quizzed by her father about her performance in school. There are always these uncles ie. your dads friends who want to cuddle you and they get real happy when you say something cute. So the "uncle" in question was asking the little girl, " Beta, what do you want to be when you grow up ?".
I didn't wait for her to finish. I kept walking while a flurry of thoughts just came running into my head. What did I want to be when I grew up ?
When I was 10, I wanted to be an explorer and lead teams into Africa and the Antarctic .
When I was 13, I wanted to be a nuclear physicist because I liked the whole idea of creating energy.
When I was 16, I wanted to become an officer with the IPS to serve my motherland (and still want to).
When I was in engineering, I wanted to be an advertising professional.
When I was in the himalayas, I wanted to stay there forever and become a Mountaineer with an unquenchable thirst for scaling peaks.
And in between I have wanted to be involved in Tiger conservation, Politics, Journalism and the latest on the list was movie making.
I have actually taken steps towards all these things, but somehow they have just gone into my never ending list of passions without materialising into something big.
I'm a Mechatronics engineer and an MBA to be. I'm 21 years old and have no clue where I will end up. The thought of the future doesn't really scare me. I know that wherever I go, whatever I do, I will do it with immense enthusiasm and have a lot of fun. These are a few advantages of being an optimist I'm afraid.
But I will take comfort in the fact that in article I once read, it said that the most interesting people did not know what they wanted even when they were 40. I guess I will end up being one of those "interesting" people.
For now I will focus on Saving the world from Environmental Hazards as I'm being trained to do.
So until I want to be something else in life, Au revoir and remember Que Sera Sera, whatever will be will be, the future's not ours to see, Que sera sera.