All for the sake of a ‘good’ life
Pressure is on everyone to get everything right
Success is a battle that never really ends, be it in the area of studies or any other facet of life. You have to compete and struggle to get a taste of it.
When I entered this world, my parents built dreams for me to chase. Dreams of getting into a good school, then a reputed college and so on. As we embark upon our journey, we find that our family members start comparing us to our cousins, right from ke
eping tabs on who grows first to what marks we score in our exams to how well we behave in public. The competition seems to peak when we reach our Tenth Standard public exam. All eyes turn to us to see how we fare, as we get ready to embrace our college lives. This is more or less the biggest turning point in our teenage lives.
A good degree, a reputed course with good job opportunities, and then the most important thing in our lives: searching for a job. Again the fight starts, this time to get into a good company, with a good job, with a good salary. If you are not lucky, then it’s better to go by this rule, “If you don’t get the job you love, love the job you get.” After getting a job, we feel satisfied. But, yes, it starts again, we again have to survive in our jobs. So we have to fight.
Then our search for our life partner! We need a good partner. After getting into wedlock, the responsibility of an individual rises. One has to be a good in-law, good father/mother. Then we all need good kids, their good education, their good job, their good life partners, their good kids. By then we would have become old and weak, then we need a good doctor, with good experience, good treatment, good medication.
The funniest part is that we all expect good treatment even after our death! We want to be buried in a good location, but before that a good procession around the good places we lived once.
Phew! It never ends. It’s like an infinite loop, no exit option. But we still find this journey interesting, adventurous.
Sometimes, our life stands still, breaking this loop. We all feel hopeless, but then, after every dark night, there is a bright day, kickstarting another loop.
(The writer is in final year B.E., PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore)
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