The Right Time Is NOW!
The concept of career per se has undergone a paradigm shift in the last few years. Now the umbrella is wider and includes a range of options, hitherto considered unconventional.
I get all sorts of reactions when I tell people that I am a freelance writer. Some sympathise with me for ‘sacrificing’ my promising career for motherhood; others look at me as if I have gone crazy for having given up a lucrative job and just to sit in front of the computer and ‘type’; yet others think this is just a ‘phase’ which will pass and I will come to my ‘senses’. My counter reaction to these thoughts oscillates between amusement and exasperation.
My throat has gone hoarse explaining to my ‘well-wishers’ that I am indeed well and truly contented. I am in a happy space in life, dividing my time between a loving family and a career I love. The naysayer must already be scoffing, “Career, what career?”
Being employed no longer solely means holding a 9 to 5 job. The concept of career per se has undergone a paradigm shift in the last few years. Now the umbrella is wider and includes a range of options, hitherto considered unconventional. The crux of the argument is that one should do what one loves. If practicality permits, go ahead and follow your heart. Do not get stuck in the rut, thinking it is too late to change. Martin Luther King said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”
Past and present are replete with examples of such quitters who emerged winners. In fact, one shudders to think what would have been the state had these pioneers opted to continue doing what they were doing. If Shankar Mahadevan had not resigned from Oracle Corp, our iPod shuffle playlist would have been deprived of some musical gems. Had Chetan Bhagat not ventured to write novels, Indian fiction would have been poorer by four masterpieces. Had the Voice of Love not given up his software consultancy and followed his intuitions, Alma Mater and Frozen Thoughts would have never come into existence and thousands would have been spiritually impoverished.
The fear that most potential career changers harbour is, “What would the society say?” For ten people who pull you down, you could find at least two empathisers who would support you in the attainment of your goals. The two factors that would guarantee success in your chosen field are the unconditional love of your loved ones and your self-belief. The first one is very important, but the second one is absolutely essential. No amount of support from your family would help you achieve your goals, if you waver at the slightest hurdle and get back into your protective bubble. The mother bird kicks out her babies from the nest because she wants them to fly independently.
Only stubborn self-confidence can steer your ship towards the oceans of victory, or else your vessel would always be docked at the harbour. Never think it’s too late. The right time is now. Gather your courage and set sail for wonderful climes. It need not be a long journey; even a short jaunt will rejuvenate and exhilarate you greatly. Happy sailing!