“I want my son to be an engineer. I want my daughter to be a doctor”. Am sure this is a common expectation from most of the parents.
When I passed my SSLC with 92% my parents forced me to take up science though I was interested in arts. When I passed my PU board exam with 91% my parents forced me to take up engineering though I aspired to be a lawyer. When I asked my parents why science? Why not arts? They told ‘society thinks only dull students take up arts’. Wait a second! What is this society now? Don’t you think even my parents belong to the same society which thinks arts is meant for dull students.
If all parents blindly followed this?social mentality we wouldn’t get a great teacher Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, great singer Lata Mangeshkar, great advocate K S Hegde, great astronaut Kalpana Chawla and so on.
If Sachin Tendulkar’s dad would have forced him to clear the subject that he once flunked then the world wouldn’t have got ‘The God of Cricket’.
At the end of the day it’s not our degree that counts but its the satisfaction that matters. We have one life. And the biggest adventure is to live the life of our DREAMS. Each one of us are born with a talent and nobody can beat us in that.
Most of us enjoy the dance performance given by others. But when the same talent lies in our own house nobody supports it because we want to have an engineer or a doctor who can raise the family reputation.
We often blame our system and politicians. We expect Lot of development and changes in society. But we never take an initiative to bring that change. India needs young energetic leaders to bring this change. But unfortunately very few parents encourage their children to get into politics.
To all the parents who force their children to take up a particular stream here is a piece of advice. Only a poet can write a beautiful poem and only a sculptor can give us a beautiful sculpture. Even a sweeper if he’s really passionate about his work then his passion can make him the best sweeper that the world has ever seen. No work is inferior or superior in front of god.
Here is a story which I came across in one of the lectures that I attended in my college. There lived a bank manager who had a son who flunked in his PU board exam. Even at the second attempt he couldn’t manage to clear the subject. His dad was upset that his son was ineligible to take up engineering. But his son had good knowledge about cars and it’s functioning. So he started working at the garage. One fine day he came across an advertisement given by a famous car manufacturing company which was asking for a solution regarding a major car design problem. The advertisement mentioned that the person with best solution will be rewarded Rs 32 crore. This guy who was extremely passionate about cars approached the company with the solution. They implemented his design and his idea actually solved the major design problem. Thus he was awarded Rs 32 crore. He was asked to give lectures to research and mtech students at NIT’s regarding his design. Further he was given a 100 crore overdraft for his next project. His dad who once considered him to be useless is now proud of him. Probably this guy wouldn’t achieve this greatness if he was forced to take up engineering.
I guess this is the best example for great achievement by ordinary person with an extraordinary passion.
I hope my article will motivate atleast few parents to support and encourage their children in the field that they are passionate about.
Because THE WORLD NEEDS lawyers, singers, sportsmen, astronauts, politicians and many OTHERS TOO.
Deepthi Rani is a final year electrical engineering student at st Joseph Engineering college, Mangalore.
Author: Deepthi Rani