“Twenty years from now you would be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones that you did do”

Mark Twain’s words have had a great impact on me. I happened to read this a few years back and the words remain intact in my mind.

The other day I told my Mom I wanted to learn to play the keyboard. She gave a sarcastic look and continued with her work. In her defence, her reaction is justified as I’d told her I wanted to learn music the previous week, and the week before that I said I wanted to learn to make terracotta jewellery and the week before that… You get the drift!

My name in Sanskrit means a horse and I was born in the Chinese year of horse. So there is a considerable influence of horse in my life. Just like a horse, I get distracted easily. If something doesn’t hold my attention for long I don’t think twice before giving it up. I’d rather try something new and fail in that attempt rather than doing something which doesn’t challenge/stimulate me. So that’s how I took up activities like painting, dancing, yoga, Zumba, marathon, swimming, baking, driving and a few other activities. I have given up a lot after getting bored.

For a person with so many interests and hobbies I did have a lot of aspirations for a professional life too, right from when I was young. That’s the advantage of being the youngest in the family and in the generation. You get inspired by many people. Since it’s not mandatory to be realistic when dreaming, I haven’t set any limitations. And I don’t have just one dream career, there are multiple options here. Read on.

  • Engineer: This is the default answer I gave anyone who asked me what I wanted to become when I grew up. I had no idea what engineers did then, but as a software engineer I did enjoy a few years I spent as a developer.
  • Banker : I was born in a family of Bankers. It all started with Grandpa, who worked with the Reserve Bank for about 40 years. So this was a natural choice.
  • Teacher : There is nothing more gratifying than shaping up the lives of individuals who would later go on to become responsible citizens in the society. Though I did not get to be a teacher, at least I got my chance to be a Faculty at work (and a humble brag, I was one among the many recipients of the Best Faculty Award in 2014)
  • Advocate : This is primarily due to an overdose of reading books in which how the lawyer manoeuvres the case, challenging the wits of the mastermind criminals.
  • News Reader : One of those things which people with a loud and clear voice always want to do.
  • Writer : This happened very recently. Not the I-want-to-write-a-book kind of writer, but I-want-to-write-columns kind of a writer. Still a long way to go, but I have taken a few steps.

Even the sky is not the limit for some of us. I’m sure everyone would have a dream career and some might even be living their dreams. So, what did you dream of becoming when you were young? Have you stopped dreaming or you still dare to?

Would love to hear from you all on this 🙂

(Note: This is different version of the post that I’d written on my blog 3 years back – My Dream Career.)

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