JournalismPakistan.com January 18, 2015
Do you realize with a kid of rude shock that 95% of adults are doing jobs they never thought they would. Ask yourself. Did you think this is what you would be engaged in professionally 20 years ago. The gap between what was planned and where you are can cause great anguish. Not just that but nearly all of us are misfits. Ergo, the world is run by misfits.
Conclusion: efficiency is at a premium and we are all getting by because the system forced us into jobs we did not even list in our minds as possibilities. A management guy would rather have been a farmer, a journalist would have wanted to be a techie, a nine to five sales team leader a businessman. The genius science whizz now just a corporate suit. The list is endless.
You had plans. Your parents had plans. All those teachers who told you how you were made for great things. And here you are, faceless, part of the crowd, lemming your way to work, just another hack hacking it away to get through the day, not even close to the image you had of yourself 20 years ago.
Who do you blame? Life and its many unpredictable spins. The system as I said, which shoved you into a job because you needed the job and this was the only one going. One has to live. The mound of compromises acting like roadblocks until you finally so lost your way you just stopped at the first parking lot and took your chances.
Do you even remember what you wanted to be and where you turned up?
It truly is a sobering thought that only one in thousand gets paid to do what they want to do… play a sport, write a book, fill a canvas, make a disc, act in a movie, send up a rocket, make money.
The rest, they just bumble along catching trains and buses… kind of real and kind of sad.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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