UBC20: Following that dream

When I was about eleven or twelve, I started keeping a diary. But, I didn’t write about my day. I wrote poetry, short essays, stories and scripts instead and when I was fifteen, I printed them all and spiral bound them in something I called “The literary works of Preeti Farias – Part 1” ( Fancy title don’t you think πŸ™‚ ). Even though my parents thought I had a decent bit of talent and I was encouraged to write; the idea was to treat it as a hobby, never as a career. It was looked at as something I could do when I was forty-five, had earned a fair bit, and had chosen to retire early from a regular job. The regular job for me (since I had no interest in medicine or engineering) is a finance one. So, I write on the side.

Today, parents are a little more accepting of “alternate” careers. Photography, journalism, anchoring TV shows, music, writing were all career-390757_1280supposed to be hobbies when I was growing up. But, it’s changing. These days, a lot of people with insistent parents end up pursuing professional courses only to start doing what they are passionate about once they are through. They end up having the added benefit of having the more “acceptable” degree to fall back on in caseΒ it doesn’t work out like they want.

True, it might be a while before just about any child of Indian descent can walk up to her/his parents and say s/he wants to be a chef in a restaurant or something like that but, there is hope! The tide is turning and I honestly think that the drive to follow dreams is thriving in the new generation.


Written for IndiSpire on Indiblogger as well as for the Ultimate Blog Challenge



18 comments on “UBC20: Following that dream

  1. In my case, I did engineering and worked for 6.5 years in that field, before I decided to chase my dreams. In my case, my professional experience is helping me, and hence I am fine with all those years of “drudgery”. Although, I must admit that even my previous career was my own choosing!

    I think, after a point, at least when you are independent enough, parents cannot “force” you beyond an extent. We are ourselves responsible for what we make out of our lives.

    Destination Infinity


    • Preeti says:

      True, eventually, all our careers are of our own choosing. If we really didn’t want to pursue them, we would have fought harder against them. Thanks for stopping by Destination Infinity! Welcome here πŸ™‚


  2. Anmol Rawat says:

    I hope that time comes soon πŸ™‚ Well expressed πŸ™‚


  3. akrati says:

    But now a days out of the box careers are in trend and children of this generation are not going to be engg-medical-art-commerce graduate as of us ..


    • Preeti says:

      Yes…but that is among the less conventional parents not with everyone. Perhaps there will be fewer forced engineers and doctors in this generation than in our.
      Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Most of the time, it is the parents who are responsible for kids taking up only conventional careers. For things to change, parents must change their attitudes. Sadly, most kids who complain bitterly when their parents prevent them from going in for careers of their choice grow up to do to their children exactly what their parents did to them.


  5. Yes the Tide is turning !


  6. “The Tide is Turning” yes, surely it is; slowly and steadily but it’s turning. I am really inspired by your early retirement. I intend to do so.:)


  7. This is the problem with many Indians spread around the world who has built a certain mindset that fetters progress. However, creative fields are becoming more acceptable and it’s all bout listening to our hearts.



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