The Other Side of the Road

The day you were born, your profession was decided by your parents. If you are a guy you were to be an engineer if you are a girl you have to be a doctor when you grow up. We shouldn’t blame our elders for thinking this way, they are not at fault. The fault exists in the society. The populace has to change their mindset collectively if we want to grow as a nation. We have to accept the reality that every child is beautifully unique in his or her own way. Not every child is born to be a doctor or an engineer. Parents shouldn’t force their children to be what they are not meant to be. Some are meant to be great singers, some are meant to be amazing artist, while some can carve out a masterpiece from a piece of rock, the list goes on and on. The point to ponder over here is that if your child sees the world in a different way let him see, don’t kill their imagination. People who see the world in a different way are destined for greatness.

It took Picasso four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Let your kids choose their profession, guide them, nurture them, you have to polish out their talents, enhance their skills, make them believe in themselves.

As quoted by Albert Schweitzer ‘Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.’

In conclusion if you love what you do you will never fail.

Parents need to let go of this false perception, they should stand by the side of their child and help them see the otherside of the road.

Someone once told me, “You’re wasting your time on a career that will only lead to starvation.”

Ouch, right? But before I go on, let me give you some background on the career in question. I want to be a journalist for a newspaper or magazine. After years of exploring my interests, this is what I have decided on. But I’m still affected by what others say, which led me to consider the other side of the argument.

As technology continues to advance with unbelievable speed, print publications are steadily being replaced by websites that update their content practically every time you refresh the browser. Even on my own campus, few seem to care about newspapers anymore; sections of the school paper lie in puddles, and muddy shoe prints soil the pages that took the editors weeks to complete. More disturbingly, the country is in the midst of an economic downturn, which is leaving people in a perpetual state of uncertainty. And by the time my generation graduates from college, we will be part of a workforce that is highly competitive and incredibly unstable. But I stand firm in my decision to be a writer. Why? For the idealistic, simple, yet powerful reason that it makes me happy in a way that no amount of money ever could. Rarely have I found others who think this way, and it always disheartens me to hear students trying to map out their lives based on factors other than pursuing their passions.

Factor number one: parents.  

Parents definitely have a right to be involved in their children’s lives, but sometimes their words create more stress than encouragement. Instead of trying to make their children happy, as they may have intended, parents can end up squeezing their children’s hopes and desires until nothing remains but the hard, coarse seeds of a cruel reality. True, being realistic is important, but everyone needs the chance to dream in order to find happiness, and Naturally, there’s no way to predict where our paths will lead us. In fact, our ideas and plans could very well change down the road. However, at this stage in our lives when so many voices are telling us who we should be, we need to nurture our individual dreams, not stifle them, because they may be the only things left that define us.

Of course, listen to your parents and consider the financial implications of your choices. But keep in mind, too, that you, and no one else, will ultimately have to live with the results of your decisions.

And who knows – maybe that person is right, and I will starve because of my choice to major in journalism. But after witnessing the unhappiness of those who didn’t pursue their passion, I am convinced that the worst suffering of all is to not allow yourself to do what you truly love. parents should understand this.

Why Passion Is so Important

When we are enthusiastic and proud of the work we do, the better equipped we’ll be to overcome the many obstacles that will surely arise in the process of starting a business or moving up in a career. Also, the more enthusiasm we have, the more inclined we are to work harder at improving ourselves. This will allow us to continuously get better at the work we do. The better we get at our work, the better we can get paid for doing it.

Ensuring we are passionate about our work will not only provide us with a meaningful career, but it will also give us a good chance of being paid well. The passion we have for our work can be the difference between making a living or making a killing.


Writer: Laraib Shah