Monday, January 20, 2014

Follow your dream...

The title of this blog is very lovely line to read, I don't know who said it but we all must have read it many times, at many places, we specially hear this line during motivational talks or can find it in any motivational material. No doubt it's meaning is very beautiful and it's one of the very inspiring quotes, but how easy it is to practice this thing in real life? How many people are lucky to have just one dream in their life which they can chase? What to do if one has more than one dreams, how can one follow or chase all of them? There are many questions like this and this is my attempt to find some practical answers at least for some of these questions and also try to explain what message I understand from this quote. This is by no means my recommendations for others but just my point of view about following one's dreams, everyone needs to derive their own meanings from these type of lines.

At least in my case my dreams kept on changing many times in my life till now, during various phases of my childhood and teenage I wanted to become someone based on who influenced me during that phase of my life. I didn't even consciously choose my current career path, actually this was not possible at least for me because of various reasons, I never had this luxury. I am sure very few at that time or even today do this (choose career path of their own interest) in India, there can be various reasons for this like market demand and scope for that particular field, fierce competition, lack of awareness or options, etc. I just walked in direction in which life took me, gave my best possible efforts and expected for good results and landed where I am today, I have no major regrets for that and I am very happy with my overall journey, so far it is exciting and very rewarding experience for me. Eventually I started liking the field which I choose and today I love it (chemistry, drug discovery), but honestly it was not my dream or conscious choice to work in this field, I am sure there are many like me who must have traveled similar path in their life as far as their career choice is concerned. Now I dream to discover a drug which can cure some major illness, want to work towards making people understand usefulness and limitations of drugs, want to explain them how and why drugs work or fail and what they can do to remain healthy, but honestly none of these was my passion or dream when I entered in this field as I had no clue about any of these things that time.

Follow or chase your dream is easy advice to offer but can be very confusing to follow, no doubt it sounds very romantic and inspirational and can motivate many people to pursue their own interests. This advice helped me many times in my life and this blog it self is the result of my dream to share my thoughts with others on larger canvas. But sometimes situation or our own limitations stop us from doing what we want to do, then depending on situation it's better to take a pause and think about our next step and if required keep our dream on hold (but this doesn't mean to forget or to squash or kill it completely) so that we can get to the situation where we can give it a try to bring it in reality. This is a practical way of pursuing our passions without getting too much in trouble, because very few of us have courage to put it all on the line to chase our passion. Many times things done only and only with emotions without much serious thinking may not produce desired result (by this I don't mean emotions are not important, we need to strike proper balance). It's also true that people learn from mistakes so one need to make them to learn from them but one should try as much as possible to avoid making mistakes, learn from others mistakes if possible, but if this route is not available one should not be scared to take risks or make mistakes after all we live only once and we need to make most out of it.

I chase my dreams as much as possible, I take some calculated risks and so far this approach has suited me, produced desired results for me. I see some people take enormous risks to chase their dreams, I admire them and respect them but so far I am not one of them (but you never know). I hope everyone finds their dream and figure out their own way to chase them, because dreams are important, they give us new aims and new goals, give us reason to wake up and work hard and I guess we all need this.

Thanks for reading and please share your views on this topic.

[Copyright : Vinay Thakur. Please contact the author for re-posting or publishing]

No comments:

Post a Comment