We all have come across this quote but we never really bothered to keep it with us. Even I am one of you; who read it, felt nice but forgot it too soon. So, my journey started precisely in the year 2015, when I was too eager to get an internship, and as many of my batchmates had already had one, I couldn’t resist and applied at the company, and said “ I will apply for whichever role is available at the moment”, I went for the interview, and I was told to write about a milk brand as the vacancy that was open was for a “CONTENT WRITER”, not knowing even ABC of the role, I just wrote whatever came to my mind and guess what?? I got selected.
I enjoyed doing it, and my internship was supposed to end in 3 months, but I continued it for 6 months, to be honest here, it wasn’t just because I enjoyed doing what I was doing, but the feeling of being occupied was something I fell in love with. Then eventually, college ended, and I came back to my hometown. It was very clear that I will not pursue this role, and I thought it wasn’t something that will EVER fetch me a fancy salary. Moreover, I always had to explain to people what my job role was, which somehow made me wonder, “What kind of job have I done, which no one even knows about”. Content writing had become something that I started disliking and had no interest in pursuing.
Apparently, I landed again in a content writing job with my first ever company, and I always thought that “No, I can’t do this. Just because I wrote letters to my best friend and roommates or assisted people with creative birthday wishes or helped sail their boat through cute texts, doesn’t mean I am a CONTENT WRITER”. I felt stuck as all my friends were doing something good with their lives and were earning more than me. I desperately wanted to shift but honestly could never do it. I tried some different roles, tried to get into top-notch companies, and attempted to even get into a B-school. This whole journey had been really very exhausting, and there was always a pressure from family to do something, because as we have all grown up hearing, “Sharma Ji’s Daughter has done this, and now she’s in that company and earning a pretty fancy salary”, and here I was, still figuring out what is it that I can do or what I want to do.
This is the time where most of us plan different theories in our head or take an easy route by following the same path others had taken to be successful, thinking that even we would reach the level they are at by doing what they did. I tried that as well, I started pursuing offline courses which people had done, and kept telling myself that if she could do it, then even I can do it. But something always pulled me back and here I am today, it has been 3 years that I have been into content writing, and I picture myself working under the same space for the rest of my life, I suppose!
What did I learn from this?
“Like our fingerprints, our journeys are meant to be different, and that is the reason why no two individuals are the same, they might be alike but not exactly the same”. I was very wrong when I thought that if she could do it then even I could do it; little did I know that she did it because, maybe she had an interest in that particular area, or probably she was already good at it or maybe she also went with the flow and landed at the right place. This is where the real problem lies, we never standby and appreciate what we already have and always look for what others have. It is very rightly said that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and we do not really bother to undergo the struggle that the person has faced.
We are always told to dream big and achieve big, but never has anyone who suggested us with this lifetime advice discussed the problems or how rough this journey would get. Motivation and demotivation is a joke to us, at one instance we are highly charged by an inspirational speech and next moment all our life becomes meaningless because someone we had not seen for months posted a picture or status of how luxurious and happening their life is. This is the point we forget how blessed we are and become critics of our own lives.
I wouldn’t deny that building a career is an essential part of a person’s life, but that career is meaningful only when you struggle or work hard to do it for yourself and not because you were told or you want to beat a person out there. There are more than 7 billion people in the world, so even if you compete with one, there are still billions left who are doing better or worse than you. So, stop chasing them and start working on yourself.
In my case, I never knew what my passion was, but I loved to express myself in the most creative way, and I suppose, I did that even today. No matter what is going on in your life right now, it doesn’t matter if you couldn’t figure out what you want to do with your life; just remember that whatever is meant to be yours, will find you very soon. Calm down, take a deep breath and look around for all that you have and what all is on its way to make your journey special. Don’t lose hope and enjoy this adventurous journey called “life”.