Tuesday, September 25, 2007

There is always a first time .

Well recently when i had gone home , my mom had found a my class pic from kinder garden. Looking at the pic , i was actually surprised i remembered most of the names ( esp. if you see some faces after 16-17 years ) . I remembered my life then ...... reading colourful books with big bright colours , playing stupid games ( half of whose names i don't even remember ) , when we were made to sleep in the class " legally " , when our plans and strategies included how to defeat that tiffin bully, getting beaten by girls ( ohh come on at that age girls are bigger and more powerful ) .

One more thing which i remembered was one frequent question which was asked to all of us a lot during that time " what do you want to become when you grow big ?". You got very different varied answers - astronaut , scientist , fighter pilot , cricketer , footballer , ice cream vendor ......... and the list goes on . For the 30 odd people in the class there were 30 different answers.

But now when i see that pic and actually see what some people ( these are the people with whom i still have contact , great even after changing 7 schools ) .... most of them are either becoming an engineer , a doctor , an architect, A lawyer ..........

There is no astronaut , no fighter pilot , no cricketer ...... somehow all of us took the road walked by and became what society expected from us . We took up a road with moderate competition , less hardship , high returns , high profit ...... And now if somebody ask's us what would you do if you were given a chance to do that again . The answer most of us would give would be " We are past that stage ", " it cannot happen now " ," no chance ".

And then i realised , these are the same excuses which we give when we want "ourselves " willingly don't want to do something . There is nothing which is too late .... cuz there is always a first time . I am not talking about a complete carrier change ... but striving to learn something new . Taking up what you wanted to become as a hobby , as your passion , as your drive ....

And believe me if you truly ask yourself ... somewhere inside that astronaut , that miss india , that fighter pilot would still be there .... waiting to come out ....


This post is dedicated to Flight lieutenant. Nimit Mehra ( the name i used to write sometimes when i was small )... hope he would have flown ..... ( All India NDA rank 7 air force cadre )




God dammit ! i will learn how to fly .....
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