Don’t just have career of academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced,
successful life. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means
ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order. There
is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun
in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is
full of tensions.
Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a
marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point
coming first. Same is with life where health and relationships are the marble.
Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may
achieve success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will
start to die.
One thing about nurturing the spark – don’t take life seriously. Life is not meant to
be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with
limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just
2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up?
It’s ok, bunk a few classes, scoring low in couple of papers, goof up a few interviews,
take leave from work, Enjoy with your friends, fall in love, little fights with your
loved ones. We are people, not programmed devices.
Chetan Bhagat at Symbiosis