Ask any Indian about what their understanding of education is and they’ll tell you that it is about finding the right balance – of their parents’ approval, societies’ approval and keeping the bank account flushed with a number decent enough to appease the relatives! Phew. Exhausting, right? Don’t get me wrong. There are the exceptions with enough gumption to pursue an education that has a five percent intersection with their interests.
Here I am, in my mid-20’s crisis(hopefully facing this one can get me a pass on the mid-life crisis) standing adamantly at the crossroads of confusion. The path that I took to get here was fairly straight forward. The first milestone was selecting the science stream after 10th standard. Made it past that one with fairly less resistance. The second milestone was completing engineering. A little more resistance followed. But yeah, I made it! Now all I needed was an MBA and I was well on my way to gaining a pat on my back and a lifetime membership at the not-so-exclusive ‘Walking with Blinders On’ society. I was soooo close to getting there. Having dropped out from the course a week into it, now the road (with all the clear signposts) that i had been lugging on seemed to have vanished and become a freaking pool of quicksand.
So this brought me into a deep state of inquiry (as-if :P).. have I been the only accidental rebel to question the well charted education path laid out by the millions before me? I highly doubt it. Over some brutally honest conversations with my friends ( yeah.. Vodka can have that effect), I realised that we are all packed like a bunch of sardines in a boat that is too rigidly designed in its possibilities. Maybe, just maybe, there are other career options out there? God forbid I let my mind wander and end up pursuing literature. 😀 ( That’ll get me permanently disbarred from the Blinders society). I guess my point is that that the reason I am finding it difficult to cope with this simple conundrum is because I have swallowed and thoroughly digested some beliefs about the course life needs to take. It’s time to take a laxative and let go. 😛