" I dream for a living"
- Steven Spielberg
Dreams are nothing but a reflection of who we are. And dream jobs? Nothing but figments of our mind which want pure happiness but have to battle constantly such phrases like "What?? If you paint, how will you earn??" ; "Khandaan ki izzat ko mitti mein milana hai kya??" or a more sophisticated "Guitar?? Band?? Abe, ye sab karega to biwi ko kahan se khilaega saale! "
Most of us have seen '3 Idiots' and often face what the characters in that movie faced: A conflict between heart and mind. A conflict between "living" and "dream job". And the most desirable scenario is when these two converge to form a single path.. thats when we truly ARRIVE!
Anyhow, talking about my dreams. Dream job to be precise.
I will take a cue from the awesomely cool song ' Bittersweet symphony' by The Verve here. Theres a line in one of the para " I am a million different people one day to the next.. I cant change" . It puts forth my life's dilemma perfectly. I have never known EXACTLY what my perfect dream job is.
At 21, I wanted to be a writer because I used to write good random stuff like poetry and articles for local magazines.
At 22, I started learning guitar and had so much angst in me against the bloody world and system, I decided to be a rocker.
At 23, I joined MBA .. and thats where my life changed! How? I finally realized what my dream job could feel like!!
During MBA at UBS, Panjab University, Chandigarh ; I realized that am averse to work. Not working hard.. but work. Simple. My attendance record, my studying record and my submission-of-assignments-way-beyond-deadline record corroborate this fact. I realized that am happy earning a decent salary in a company where lifes easy and the snake of deadlines isnt out to sting you each day! I realized that I wanted a job where I can come home at 7 PM, eat , watch TV and sleep. You know.. cool life. And yes, I wanted weekends off too.
In brief, I realized that I am happy working like a king, not an ass. And henceforth I decided that Public/ Government sector is the dream destination for me.. not 'Rs 1-lac salary-but-no-life otherwise' thing. I mean really, whats the use of earning exorbitant amount as salary when you have no bloody time to spend it on one thing that matters the most: Life!
I realized that life, for me, isnt a race. Its something which you should enjoy by having plenty of start-stop moments. An easy going life was something I wanted. A life where I have sufficient money and time to splurge on my passions such as music and travelling. Heck, I am able to write this post owing to my job only.. the time it gives me, you see.
Coming back to MBA time; when it came to placements, I realised that world has changed. All because of Lehmann Bhai log (Brothers). And suddenly, everyone was wanting a Government job. But as they say that 'if you really want something, nature conspires to bring it to you' ; despite stiff competition , I was able to get a good job at a good Government company and that too in my domain: Finance.
And then it happened! After the first month at job, I got a sudden realization: Heck, I am in my dream job saala! I dont have to work like an ass but like a king. And I was / am loving every moment of it.
And I realised finally what actually is a dream job. Its not about anything else but inner happiness. Watever gives you happiness and freedom to breathe. Just know your real self. Know yourself using mind and go on to acquire whats required for happiness, with heart.
Life aint a race man.. slow down and let your dreams take centrestage!