The inspiration for this post, I draw from the new platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp, LinkedIn etc. which have become a place for putting across to the world, one’s accomplishments,
Be it parents posting it on behalf of their intellectual kids,
Be it the professionals who are awarded for their hard work.
From childhood, parents inspire or force (at times) their kid to become the best in academics/sports/anything and everything, to which a kid might have varied reaction, depending on factors like:
The state of mind kid has, at that point of time, under the influence of his/her peer group, more so.
Whatever be the reason, most feel the baggage of parents’ and society’s expectations in their growing up years,
What a pity! Considering the most beautiful days of one’s life is lost in chasing fulfilment of expectations.
Once, the kid grows up, the baggage shifts to becoming the best in whatever field of study, he/she manages to pursue,
More so because of the perceived nature of the college than his/her interest, which in any case, he/she hadn’t had the time to ponder over;
Too busy was he/she bearing the baggage!
Entering the professional world, literally puts that baggage in the form of laptop bags that most professionals seem to carry around in today’s world, having implications for one’s health,
Leave alone the mental torture one has to go through, sheerly because most don’t like the work that they happen to be doing,
And aren’t able to justify how this work is bringing about an impact to others’ lives, that being the derivative of highest level of satisfaction that one draws.
Top this with the pollution, traffic etc. in the city, and what you picture is a person, moving around with his baggage all over the city,
Not knowing why the hell is one doing so!
Money, which was more a matter of survival than accumulation, has become the basis of life for most of us, having all the negative consequences for us day-in-day-out,
Yet, we tend to stick to it, because of the fear and an inability to answer: what if we don’t have what we have?
Is there a way out?
Well, yes if you want to find a way out!
One needs to understand the difference between survival aspiration and accumulation aspiration.
The former fits in well with the concept of maintain a good physical and mental health, allowing one to contribute to well being of others,
Whereas the second, leads to a path of disaster and chaos for oneself as well as the others.
Once that understanding is there, one wouldn’t be thinking of carrying all the baggage that one proudly carries in today’s world,
And justifies the same, labelling it as his/her ability to multitask.
The only question is whether one is prepared to change the very way one perceives things.
Source for the Image: https://brandimpact.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/words-with-baggage/