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Just the oth­er day I hap­pened to wake up ear­ly. That is unusu­al for an engi­neer­ing stu­dent. After a long time I could wit­ness the sun­rise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usu­al morn­ing is fol­lowed by hus­tle to make it to col­lege on time. This morn­ing was just anoth­er morn­ing yet seemed dif­fer­ent.

Wit­ness­ing calm and qui­et atmos­phere, clear and fresh air seemed like a mir­a­cle to me. I want­ed this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to wit­ness it again, know­ing my habit of suc­cumb­ing to sched­ule. There was this unusu­al seren­i­ty that com­fort­ed my mind. It dawned on me, how dis­tant I had been from nature. Stand­ing near the compound’s gate, feel­ing the moist­ness that the air car­ried, I thought about my life so far.

This is what has hap­pened to us. We want the things we have been doing force­ful­ly to fail. And then maybe peo­ple around us would let us try some­thing else or our dreams. We are accus­tomed to live by every­one else’s def­i­n­i­tion of suc­cess. We pun­ish peo­ple for the things they are pas­sion­ate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I was good at aca­d­e­mics, so deci­sions of my life had been pret­ty sim­ple and straight. Being pret­ty con­fi­dent I would make it to the best junior col­lege of my town in the first round itself, nev­er made me con­sid­er any oth­er option. I loved psy­chol­o­gy since child­hood, but engi­neer­ing was the safest option. Being born in a mid­dle class fam­i­ly, think­ing of risk­ing your career to make it to med­ical field was not sane. I grew up hear­ing ‘Only doc­tor’s chil­dren can afford that field’ and final­ly end­ed up believ­ing it. No one around me believed in tak­ing risks. Every­one wor­shiped secu­ri­ty. I grew up doing the same.

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‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an aver­age stu­dent. I wish deci­sions would have not been so straight­for­ward. Maybe I would have played crick­et- the only thing I feel pas­sion­ate about. Or maybe I would have stud­ied lit­er­a­ture (lit­er­a­ture dri­ves me crazy). Isn’t that dis­ap­point­ing- me wish­ing to be bad at aca­d­e­mics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

I feel like these con­crete build­ings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to com­fort that com­pro­mise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in our­selves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to sur­vive and noth­ing more- not mon­ey or cars or design­er clothes.

Stay­ing locked up in four walls have restrict­ed our think­ing. I feel like our lim­it­ed think­ing echoes through this wall. We are so used to sched­ules and pre­dictable life that we have suc­cess­ful­ly sup­pressed our cre­ative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peace­ful morn­ing, you real­ize how much nature has to offer to you. Its bound­less. Your thoughts, wor­ries, dead­lines won’t res­onate here. Every­thing will flow away along with the wind. And you will real­ize every answer you had been look­ing for, was always known to you.

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