Why I write this blog

By now it’s been about a month since the last post that I released on this blog. And, if I may be allowed to be totally honest, that’s too darn long.

It’s been a month packed with experiences adjusting to a new life in a new place. A month getting back in touch with old acquaintances. And a month that allowed me to finally celebrate fulfilling the goals I set out for me this year.

Except the Corgi. But we’ll get to him later.

Yet, such a lengthy celebration kept me from writing. Which is not amazing, because writing is one of the things I enjoy the most in this day and age.

However, taking a month off gave me some interesting life perspective. Which I’m compiling into next week’s post called ‘Remote Life – Work Balance’.

And it also got me to think about the reasons for which I write this blog. Which I’m going to be sharing today. It’s a little bit personal so, if that’s not really your thing, you’ve been warned.

But if you’re interested, let’s talk about it:

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There comes a point in everybody’s path in which we must decide what we’re going to be doing for the rest of our lives. And, not only must we choose while not being fully mature, we must also be able to [somehow] guess the future viability of our choice. Five years down the line. I’m speaking, of course, about how to choose a fulfilling career.

The idea of this article first came to me while watching the soon-to-be-classic Three Idiots. A movie which, needless to say, is a must watch for anyone. Period. But, I guess, if you’re going through college (specially engineering), then the movie’s going to resonate with you a lot more.

Most of the drama in Three Idiots revolves around the feelings that drive the heroes in their career choices. It also deals with the pressure that comes from basing such choices on the wrong reasons.

While it is a little more complex than this, the three main viewports that the movie provides for picking a career are:

  • Pressure from others.
  • Fear of embracing your true calling.
  • And (if you’re lucky) true passion towards the craft.

And these points are the reason that got me hooked on this movie, in the first place.

Each one of these world views represents one of the main characters: Raju, Farham and Rancho respectively. But they also represent points of view that I held at different points in my life. And I doubt I’m the only one.

During this article, we will be having a look at all three reasons in order. Mostly because I feel that the first two precede the last one in most people’s journey for self understanding.

That being said though, let’s get started.

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