All well laid Plans

At my son’s school on a particular day, they asked for the children to be dressed as someone from the service industry. Some children dream of being pilots, doctors, nurses, policemen and chefs so they dressed accordingly. Some children were just dressing for fun so they were the vegetable vendor, Mahatma Gandhi, or any politician. Every year our children would want to dress up as something new. So we begin young; our minds look at people around us and start evaluating if that is what we want to be when we grow up. Well, I wanted to be a saxophone player, a psychiatrist, a novelist, or a social worker to help deaf and mute children. I even read Linda Goodman’s horoscopes urging me, as a Pisces, not to venture into the banking world or into a desk job… And my first job was behind a desk with a phone, talking to customers around the world, that’s the irony of life.

In the movie 300, they show how a boy of around seven is sent into the wild to become a man, a man worthy of ruling his kingdom. I did find that a little too harsh, but when you realize that in our modern day too we leave our homes, explore lands or simply just get into the concrete corporate jungle. We become stronger and wiser.


Now some people have well laid plans right from when they hit the teen years. The youth of today would like to gain a lot of qualifications, sit behind desks with computers in an air-conditioned office and have a cabin view while they are at it. Very few actually follow their childhood dreams of being a photographer or a painter or a chef. One of my friends is a talented artist; however, for practical reasons and for financial security he chose a career in banking. No doubt he was a go-getter so therefore he was successful in that as well. The artistic creativity in him would be now displayed on a weekend- a hobby that he pursues, and not an actual paying job. You hear inspirational stories about how people have quit their regular jobs and are world travelers who are pursuing their dreams. Some of them are successful and some of them still struggling.

So my question would be when do you give up? When do you start realizing that the thing that you’re currently doing is not actually the thing you are meant to do? This happens at times of rest; at times when you are at peace, you get to answer these questions.  Whenever you have returned from a two week vacation haven’t you felt that feeling of “You know I want this kind of life where I sleep, eat, live as a normal human and not like some zombie running from 9am-10pm in a building with no sunlight, filling reports and the like” Now I don’t disrespect the corporate world, we need them just as much they need us. My message is more for the youth to take the risk and grab every opportunity that comes their way if it is what they dreamt of, instead of settling for second best. The worst case scenario you will not succeed. However I would rather lie on my death bed, knowing that I tried.

I think we owe it to ourselves to at least try in this one lifetime, to pursue what we wanted when we were young, to give ourselves a chance to fail or to succeed. It’s time for a bucket list.



October 8, 2013.


7 thoughts on “All well laid Plans

  1. Nice one Khushnuma…makes me think of how the hell my life turned and twisted before i got this opportunity to do what i love to do most……..WRITING…yes there certainly was divine intervention…it took 54 years off my life before this occured…but the Law of Attraction brought it to pass…trw.

  2. Well written. Some time sacrifices and adjustment for the family leads people to different paths.
    Very refreshing. Keep going.

  3. Touched a nerve somewhere deep inside… Sad that we all give up most of the things we treasure as teenagers… But… Like yr article says… Its never too late…. Inspiring…

  4. Agree that we should follow our dreams…..but i remember that both my parents were in the corporate world and i always wished to be a boss…..but now i think i havve many more dreams after working there that life is all about yeh dil mange more…..more dreams and many more wants to complete prior to the end.

  5. Nice to meet you khushnumab! Fellow water sign Cancer in the house.

    Hey, I am 55 years old and decided to follow my passion. When is it too late to follow your heart? Perhaps this poem by Dylan sums up my sentiment : ”

    “Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ”

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