“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A lot of quotes have inspired me over the years, many of which I will be writing about in this space. I choose to begin with a quote that touched a nerve. Emerson has a lot of inspirational sayings, but this one still motivates me everyday.

Society likes things defined. And since we humans live in a society that sets limits, we have definitions of what being successful means. An individual has to “make it in a particular line of work”  or “follow a particular career path” in order to be termed successful. This attitude of society tends to limit our potential. Most of us never discover our true selves.

The other day I was reading a joke which said that in my country people become engineers first, and then decide what they want to do in life. Its reality. Parents here want their kids to be either a doctor or an engineer. They see their children as investments, that will give back multiples of what is spent on them. I don’t blame them, but I blame society as a whole for stereotyping us.

The basic theory behind Emerson’s Transcendentalism movement was to champion the cause of individualism. He wanted to make people realise that as individuals, each one of us has an enormous potential. But in order to realise it, we must follow the path of our choosing, and not the path society wants us to choose.

And this brings me back to our times, where in spite of so many opportunities, we still choose a career path which society deems fit. However slowly times are changing. On a micro-level, I see all my friends pursuing their interests along with their day-to-day jobs. One is a photographer, one a rock-climber and we have musicians and entrepreneurs too. And maybe in a few years, this will be their career path and not just remain a hobby.

And that is why I too finally decided to act on Emerson’s saying and started blogging 3 days back. Who knows, if I am lucky, maybe someday I will be writing professionally for a Website. Maybe someday “Abstractive” will be a big thing :). But that is just being hopeful and looking too far ahead( specially for a blog 3 days old ). For now, it gives me inner peace to know that I am dedicating some of my time towards something I love, something that makes me be myself.

I hope other bloggers who read this pursue what they want and not what society wants.


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