What are my dreams and passions ?

23 Mar

Was not sleepy yesterday night. Say around 12.20 am . I was thinking the question which i never expected I would ask myself.

What are my interests? What are my passions?

And more importantly, I asked the question, how can i make my parents proud? And even more important question, how can I be proud of myself?

What are my interests? I am still thinking about it. Haven’t found the answer yet.

What are my passions? Books. Then how can I convert my passion for books in something myself and my family can be proud of? Should I write a book? No, I don’t have that sort of creativity. I love reading books, collecting books and reflecting a lot on what is written in them. But don’t think I can write.

What else do i like? Economics – Now here is something I can do something about. I can prepare and appear for the Delhi School of Economics, Masters in Economics prog. But, I am not really good with numbers and I don’t have an envious academic track record. I would like to be part of RBI or public sector companies. I may not earn a lot but I can research and write papers which will be of use to nation building.

I love fitness and helping people reach their fitness goals. So should I stop working and do a fitness course and open a gym?

But if that was the case, then I should open a library because I love spending time with books.

Does that mean Fitness and books are interests and passion?

What else? … What else? … I draw a blank!

Is that it? Is that all? I am 25 now and is that all I can think of as my passion?

I talk a lot about branding, marketing and social media.

Are they interests or passion?

Why is that people dont follow passion and follow interest.

For example. Why is it that people end up doing MBA in marketing and finance when they love economics?  Why do people give up on their dreams to learn archaeology and instead study for engineering from their minds when the heart roams in the subject of archaeology? Why study for doctor when they want to work in agricultural related field?

Is it because it has been ingrained in our mind that following our passions will not give us monetary benefits to settle down in life?

My dad loves Chemistry and medicine. I always wonder why didn’t he pursue masters in chemistry and become a bio chemist. He says – Vikas, during those days my dad dint have enough money to send me to a college that’s why .

Do you know what he is today ? He is a Sales guy with 25 years of experience.  You can still see him talk passionately about chemical bonds, aroma compounds and molecular structure. He still buys CIMS latest book and keeps himself updated on medicine and drugs available in the market. He probably knows the combination of almost any drug in a pharmacy.

Today he sells flasks.

Had he pursued his passion he could have done what he really wanted to do in his life – Chemistry, research and teaching. He would still tell me (if I ask him) – Vikas, should you decide to get into research field then don’t worry . I will take care of you and your food and your stay …etc.

I am 25.. I work… Should I be hearing this from him?

Or should I be saying – Dad, why don’t you retire… I will take it from here.

Big Question: What are your dreams and passions? What are your likes and interests? What is the difference between them ..

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3 Responses to “What are my dreams and passions ?”

  1. psychologyofsuccess July 2, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    Trust in one’s decision is really important in these matters. What really matters in the end is the enjoyment of the pursuit. Economics aside, I’ve had more fun in situations that have paid little or none than in some where I have been paid outrageous sums. But for some many people economics is all that matters.

  2. spartanvikas July 3, 2009 at 4:54 am #

    how can we ignore the commericals and economics part aside in life ?

  3. psychologyofsuccess July 3, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    I didn’t say that at all! I wouldn’t put forth such an ignorant approach to life either.

    I never said that we should ignore the economic aspect of life. I made the point that in my own life I have enjoyed many activities and pursuits that paid little or that I had to pay to enjoy (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu).

    I enjoy my present work as a professor, but there are many activities that I enjoy more. But those activites don’t pay as well. I am saying that whatever is chosen the day to day aspects of the job/career should be considered. If you are not doing activities you will enjoy you will be miserable.

    As far as the comment that for some people economics is all that matters, I am referring to the idea that some people choose vocations or jobs simply for the money. Some because they see or have no other alternative; others because they value the money more than they do their own ‘well-being.’

    Good luck with whatever decision you make.

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