Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What are you going to be doing?

Welcome to the New Year and a new decade! Hope you all had a good holiday season. You might feel that I am a little late in wishing everybody but then think again. See, until the first week of January, people aren’t really receptive to the outer world. Can you blame them? With the general festivities, innumerable parties, vacations, relaxed season, and pumpkin lattes over, the first week of January feels like a tight slap across the face. So, I decided to post my thoughts, along with my warm wishes, today.

Can you believe we have entered a new decade? That’s huge! Have you thought or made plans for the next ten years? In case you are judging me and thinking, “No one does that, dude,” you’d be surprised at how wrong you are. For people in their twenties, this is the decade (There are always exceptions!) to consider making personal commitments. Not to say one couldn’t find a partner at fifty, but the options and opportunities get limited in today’s world. Will you be able to last at parties and bars past midnight once you are in your thirties, forties, and fifties? In fact, will you have the time to make as many after-work social commitments on weekday evenings? If not, then where else will you meet people? Your coworkers? Nah! By the time you cross the glorious twenty-bridge, your colleagues are the people you see the most. Unless you are a masochist, you wouldn’t want to date someone you spend fourteen hours of your day cooped up inside an office space. If you have a television show, then sky is your limit. After all, Rakhi Sawant organized a “swayamvar” to meet the caring and doting guy she had always dreamt of. She is apparently still engaged to Toronto-businessman, Elesh Parujanwala.

For thirty plus folks, this decade is crucial career-wise. It is the “Make it” or “Break it” time. My generation has been cursed with pre-mature aging – an aspect of globalization no one talks about. We already have school, car, house and million other loans – an overwhelming feeling our parents didn’t have to deal with until they hit fifty. It’s not a surprise most of us hit our mid-life crisis in our early thirties itself. Ironically, my generation is such a slave to work; even our pre-mature crises revolve around our careers. Gone are the days where men bought themselves a Porsche and a blond as an accessory or women obsessed about their altering looks or widening waistline. Mid-life crisis is about revelations for us - the fear of waking up and realizing that you had a passion, but you didn’t act on it when you had the chance. How do you deal with that feeling of not knowing whether or not something would have worked?

I will write more about my personal story and mid-life crisis another time, I promise. But until then, think about what you want to do with the rest of your life because now is the time.

More until next time,

Copyright © 01.13.2010

"A man who does not think for himself does not think at all" – Oscar Wilde


T said...

I've been reading your blogs regularly but I must say
this is the first time one has hit home - mid-life crisis it is! ;-) It was well written - the fear of "what if" should (hopefully) drive more of us to follow our passion - there's time enough to recover and
rebuild if things don't work out but precious little time to follow a dream.

N said...

There couldn't have been a better timing for mentioning mid-life crisis.

J said...

Your blog was an interesting read and I am reminded of taking action to follow my dreams.