None of us know what we are best at… Until we discover!
And, how are we supposed to discover it?
I was talking to the mother of one of my students, last night. The son had grown up with his Chartered-Accountant parents… and, had opted for Commerce with the hope of becoming a Chartered Accountant himself.
Parents knew what it took to become a CA… Not just the love for the subjects, but it took immense amount of work discipline… One had to possess self-motivation… single-minded approach… and, very importantly, loads of excitement.
Well, as our young man went about his Commerce field, it was evident that his heart desired something else… and not CA. But, it was hard to pin point what it was …
So, the ‘status quo’ was maintained… “Let the young man try.” When the CPT results were out, the dice stopped, mysteriously, at 100! The passing score!
So, it was decided that the young man should pursue his Inter-CA studies…
It took hardly a year or so for the young man to stand up and declare: “CA is not my cup of tea… MBA is!”
Last night, the young-man’s mother told me that he is ‘serious’ now… and, hoped, that he would do it well.
“Ma’am, he would,” I assured her.
Did I just try to please her by saying what I did: “Ma’am, he would”?
I had also said this: “Ma’am, sometimes, it is best to discover what is ‘best’ for us, by discovering what is ‘not best’ for us!”
Yes, sometimes, it is worth burning not only our money, time and energy, but also our hearts – go through some hellish time in our ‘wilderness’ – before we arrive at our ‘Promised Land’!
Moses did it long ago… Amitabh Bachchan did it in recent times… The young-man has just done it!
As long as the heart is able to find it, fair enough…
“Some flowers, always, bloom late,”
my own teacher loved to remind us,
“But, my dear young friends, when they do,
they give the best fragrance!”
“Ma’am, I am one of those flowers that have bloomed late,” I told my student’s mom, last night, “Don’t worry, your son, too, will be one!”
Pics.: Abhishek Iyer