Things don’t always work according to a ‘plan’. So let me tell you something, it’s OK to not have one. I did not have a plan, but I had a passion, which I decided to pursue, and eventually everything fell into the right place.
On 28th of March 2019, I clicked a photo and posted it on my sister’s Facebook and Instagram account. The attention it got was unexpected. I got many comments, not only from family and friends but also from random people who did not know me personally.
This was something that I did without too much planning just for fun and it turned out to be a game - changer for me. It opened so many avenues for me, that it makes me wonder what it would have been like if I had spent too much time to think and plan how to click a perfect photo.
You know, a lot of us are forced to make very important decisions very early in life, and we are not even sure what we want to do; I wasn’t. And that is OK. The answer lies in experimenting and doing so, fearlessly. Everyone does not have a chalked-out path. If you decide to be an actor, your journey and my journey is not necessarily going to be the same.
In India, many families give advice to their children to believe in the mantra that “ to live a successful ideal life is, you grow up, you graduate and you find a decent job.”
Some prying uncles and aunties, family members and some family friends have asked me this: “Your brother is a senior software engineer and your sister is a professor; how come you chose to do this?”
I mean I do look up to both my elder brother and sister, they do inspire me, but I didn’t have to become a software engineer or a professor to prove that. In fact, I don’t think I’ve told them this, either, but there was a point in my life where I wanted to do everything that they did. Eventually, I realized that it was OK to not do what they are doing, and they are still going to be proud of me.
Albert Einstein once said:
“ If you judge a fish by its ability to climb the tree,
It’s going to spend all its life believing that it’s stupid.”
You may not be good at one thing, but you will be better at others. I learned this the very hard way, but you cannot make everyone happy. What you can do, however, is to make yourself happy, and that is very important. So be brave, have faith in yourself, figure out what makes you happy and go do it. Get a job, leave a job, dance, sing , fall in love, carve your own niche. But most importantly: learn to embrace the randomness of life.