Ever had one of those days where you felt ‘That’s it! It’s over. I have hit a dead end!’? Ever felt that you just do not have the strength to go on? Ever felt that you’ve hit rock-bottom and you’re never gonna recover from it?
Well, let me tell you this. You are not alone. Most of us have had these thoughts at some point in our lives. But what happens next depends on each individual. You can either keep cursing your fate or find a better way to deal with it. And know this, no matter how bad the situation, there is ALWAYS a way out.
As a kid, I used to read a lot (I still do). Even developed a liking towards writing. I found that of all the subjects, I liked English the most. But it’s not really a subject, just a ‘language’. After 12th I wanted to take up journalism. Now we all know what that phase is like. Each and every person you meet has got some career advice for you. Be it your neighbours, your parents’ friends/colleagues or even some relatives who did not even exist (at least you were not aware that they did) until that point. So these “well-wishers” have just one thing to say. ‘Engineering or medicine. Choose one. Rest of the things are not meant for you’. There was even one person who said ‘Journalism is not for girls. It’s too difficult’.
Needless to say I ended up a B.E graduate working in a multi national company. Sure felt good. Salary in hand, working for just 5 days a week, enjoying weekends… But somewhere there was a feeling that I’m missing out on what I’m passionate about. Very few of us are lucky enough to make a profession out of our hobby. So what do you do when you are not one of those? Well, just don’t give up on your hobbies.
Love singing? Record a song and share it on the net. Love photography? Post your pictures on the net with interesting captions. Why do I say share? It feels good to be appreciated for something you actually care about. And you never know what opportunities will come knocking on your door.
Me? I decided to start blogging. Credit goes to my brother (my true well-wisher). He said “Stop with the excuses. It’s high time you do something for yourself. Need not be big. Just start. And if you enjoy it, you will find time to do it even with your busy schedule”.
So go ahead, follow your heart. When you are passionate about something it’s never too late.