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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 ..

Kinda shocked

28 Feb

I am kinda shocked at my hormone peak levels ..

My system says that I should get married in 2 years. I am 24. Still not financially stable , but getting there. And yet, I wanna settle down.

But i definitely wanna get married soon …

Mama dont preach !

15 Feb

My mom shouts every time i sit in front of the laptop . She shouts , ” Vikas, you are always sitting in front of your laptop and using the Internet. Why don’t you go out with your friends. why don’t you read some books. You used to have such good reading habits ” 

I cringe when she shouts at me for this. She uses internet only to check stock market info. 

But today i  retorted  , ” Mom, I read everything online . ,Economist,Time, Business Week,  .. almost everything. It is not that I don’t like reading the print edition. I love the print edition. But you know what ? There are so many reasons i read information online.”

Reasons are :

  • I am not disturbed by unnecessary print/tv ads
  • I dont have to pay for news and articles published online
  • Blogs , review sites and forums are more authentic
  • I can express my opinion 
  • and research e-books are free to download. 
  • To top it , my favorite marketing fella Seth Godin blogs .. 
  • I just dont find TV news channels good enough anymore. Most of them are biased and hyped ! 

  I guess my mom was not convinced enough. She continued to glare and shout and I continued to cringe and  squirm!