For I lay my life as a toast,
to a deep deathful slumber.
For no passion ignites my heart,
and no art seem worthwhile.
For no dream seem worth chasing,
and no beauty well defined.
Why did they never feel,
the same pleasure as they did
(when the elder sister was
amongst the standing ovation
proclaimed as a successful engineer)
when they saw her first painted Vase.
Why did they not encourage her
to try new mediums and buy new supplies
Rather she tried to found new ways to stir
any interest in their eyes.
For her “waste of time” career
which they despised.
Today she stands in her gallery
Amidst a huge crowd of admirers
and yet she feels so dispirited inside
Because even though she is
a renowned artist, there is no one
from the family, to receive her tonight.
“The future you have, tomorrow, won’t be the same future you had, yesterday.”
― Chuck Palahniuk
In one of my classes, last week, I had a very rude awakening, almost reminded me of Aunty Acid in a way, with her satirical style. But unfortunately, this was a serious talk devised by Tom Peter who has also written the book “In search of excellence”. It was the mother of talks in terms of ending our sense of self complacency and making us aware of what lies ahead in future.
After reflecting deeply upon it, my final view on enduring in this age of revolutionary technology is that personal development, constant vigilance and proactive behavior are the key factors to live a successful life. Each day progressing towards the unpredictable future ahead of us, uncertainty is the only thing we can be sure of. This though made me extremely troubled that each day we are more and more in the clutches of becoming redundant or irrelevant and as General Eric put it “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less”. As a midly ambitious person with little interest for any particular career plans, I was quite quite quite shocked.
However, there is but one consolation: NO ONE IS AN EXPERT OF THE FUTURE, which means all of us have equal chances provided we aspire high and use our individual creative streaks and try to do new things in newer ways despite the risks and failure involved.
“The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.”
― Victor Hugo
We are lucky that we belong to an era that pushes us to do more than just survive although it might seem like the most difficult task in the world. In this era mere survival is just a cliché, just as easy as breathing; we thus have to add value to this survival by following exciting opportunities and creating newer things each day. It all sound very easy but I realize it is difficult to remind yourself each day to not be complacent and sit around idly but actually do something. I hope I am able to do this after those persuasive ideas given in the last class.
“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”
― Victor Hugo