There are times in your life, when you rediscover yourself.
Sometimes, it is time that makes you realize that, like midlife crisis or say that phase when you are growing up from being a boy to a man or the time when you experience your first heart break.
Or sometimes its place. It is like being thrown in the jungle and then you discover new ways to survive, after all it was not that hard to sleep on a tree, eh!
|What do you want to do?|
For me, one such defining phase was when I entered law school. Whoa! it was crazy, it seemed like, I'm surrounded by not only Ram Jethmalani, Zia Mody, Sachin Malhan in making but also the types with ambitions to beat Aishwarya Rai in beauty, Jobs in Technology and etc. etc. (You can read more about my first year life here.
The second such defining phase in my life is now, fourth year. So, what has changed?
When I was in 1st year, I was trying to discover WHO I Am. Now, I'm trying to discover WHY I Am.
Is there a purpose for which I'm living? What do I plan to do with life?
Will I work my ass off in a normal 9 to 7 job, or will I be the next Jobs or will I be jobless?
The thought perturbs me. Being in the 4th year, I don't have the luxury to take much time. I'm trying to figure out things, but it's not easy.
Having missed out on the opportunity earlier to discover what I want to do, I have a few insights to share with those disillusioned souls or those who have not decided what they want to do as yet.
1. Admit it. Don't say I want to do this or that when you have no idea what exactly "this or that" even looks like. Stop eating ego waffles and learn to accept.
2. Try whatever you have always wanted to do. You like sketching, give it a shot, participate in competitions, you can be the next M.F. Hussain, who knows! (a bit of an exaggeration, but of course you can be rich and famous).
3. In case you don't know what to do, try to think what your perfect day would be like (but don't forget that you have to pay your own bills too!) ; plan out everything in detail, step by step, try to do exactly that. Note that the perfect day is going to be your everyday. Don't think of partying and boozing on the "perfect day", you won't like your everyday to be like that. Read this blog post
of Chris for further help.
4. In case you have discovered what you would like to do or what your perfect day would be like but you think you are not good enough for it, start learning dammit!
There is no other way to it.
5. If none of these pointers helped, go and grab a few drinks, think about your career, let your mind speak, chances are high that you will discover your true calling. Have someone around you who can tell you what you had been saying, the next day, post hangover.
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*A special thanks to Poorvi Shah for helping me out with this post.