When I logged on to Facebook to check for updates, you know what I found? My childhood buddy’s pic with none other than SRK.
The very next moment, I picked up the phone , called him to ask how, when, where and what not..
This guy, H, that I am talking about is a simple gujju who has been my classmate since LKG..His father is a photographer and H inherits his genes…He has always always been passionate about photography and is an amazing photographer. He tried his hands on CA, finished till Intermediate level and quit after many failed attempts. He ,then went to Mumbai where his brother was already a freelance photographer and started doing what he was best at – Photography.. Slowly he moved to media and started producing reality shows..When I spoke to him couple of years back he was still struggling to get a proper break . He was doing some late night TV shows in Music channels and he knew these were shows that no-one watched. What was worse is that this guy took care of all the production and many a times it was his senior who took away all the credits. H envied my permanent job and the fat pay package that I got, although my salary then was half of what I earn today. What he earned was just enough for his survival in Mumbai..He still enjoyed what he did.. He had that spark in his voice, an unmatched enthusiasm to make it big in media industry..
Today when I spoke to him, he had that same spark. I was teasing him if he still remembered me now that he has started meeting a lot of celebrities..After a few customary exchanges he asked me about my job. Although I did try to glorify my job and make it sound all cool, I still was not convinced. Agreed, my jobs pays me really well, and it gives me the comfort of working from home, yada yada but the real question is if I like what I do? Frankly speaking I don’t!! I have never liked coding and I sucked at it big time. However, when I got the offer from the first company that came to campus I could not refuse. I did try to get an internal change in HR which I still think is my passion but the company that I worked for refused to oblige. When none of the opportunities worked for me I joined my current company at a much higher package. Now if I have to quit there is too much money at stake and I do not know if its good for me and S financially, considering the various commitments that we have. So, where was I? Ya, when H asked me about my job I gave this cool answer about consulting, ERP, reports etc etc but deep down I know none of it matters to me.
H, on the other hand could talk on and on about his job. Meeting celebrities is just a small part of it, what he does is much more creative and cool. He produces red carpet events of various award shows, does involving everything right from conceptualizing to editing, produces a lot of other music shows that I rave about.. Isn’t that cool? I felt really nice talking to him..HE had an infectious enthusiasm and spirit..He still envied about my package but I would any day trade my salary for a job as interesting and creative as his!!
Today when I see girls and boys of my age as wedding photographers, entrepreneurs, speech therapists, social workers, travel bloggers etc I feel what am I doing with my life..This is 8 hours coding job is not what I want to do..This is certainly not something that I am best at..I can’t even relate myself to it.. But the question is what do I do about it?
I many be wrong and as the saying goes the grass is always greener on the other side..But I still strongly believe that its important that you do what you like the best, follow your heart and pursue your passion. Salary and other comforts are secondary and it can never beat the satisfaction that you draw out of your job at the end of the day..
So folks, are you passionate about your job or are you also whining and hoping for the best?