Thought of this topic when I recollected the last few minutes of yesterday’s cricket match.. Even though I don’t know cricket, the last minute excitement around is fun to watch.. Ravi Shastri was announcing the man of the match.. He said this man has played in many world cup matches and the country has won in every such match since 1992.. Sachin Tendulkar.. As far as I can guess, the guy must be over 35 years of age.. Still plays with the same passion (or even more) that he possessed when he started playing cricket.. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that he was 16 when he started.. Pursuing something and giving it his fullest for almost 2 decades!! Woah!! That is something.. And the best part – he is absolutely down-to-earth and none of this gets into his head..
The whole thing was very exciting and inspiring.. At the same time it gave rise to a lot of questions.. How many of us have a passion? How many of us know what our passion is? How many of us have the courage to pursue our passion? How many of us are ready to give whatever it takes to pursue our passion and excel in it? Not many??
Honestly I am still confused as to what my passion is.. I thought it was music.. I also thought it was dance.. I even thought it was talking (many readers will agree, I know ).. Helping people – Of course this passion dies down very easily when people don’t respect what I do to help them.. (Unconditional way of helping? Sorry am no saint!!) I thought it was business… I always love to think it is business.. So, the search is still on.. But I do try to like what I am doing and it greatly depends upon my mentors and friends.. So as of now, I love what I am doing..
But people like Sachin had a passion that many did not have.. Even then, he had the courage to pursue it.. His parents could have easily asked him to continue his studies and go for employment.. Good they did not.. There are parents even now, who guide their children based on their experiences, both good and bad.. If the parent failed in what he did he is worried his son/daughter might also fail.. Very protective of them.. But what is the point? The son/daughter can succeed.. Even if they fail, it completely depends on the individual.. Maybe he/she will learn from the failure..
Similarly, people who have singing as a passion.. Dancing as a passion.. I am sure they all work hard for it and they love working hard.. Honestly if someone asks me to dance continuously for 2 days I wont even think of what to answer.. I will be too glad to do it.. Who will watch? That I don’t know.. Any mass murders I am not responsible..
I used to love organising get-togethers for people.. But now for some reason I don’t feel like it anymore.. I used to go out of the way to organise.. But now I somehow feel I’m done.. The frequency of me organising anything has immensely reduced.. And it will continue that way I guess..
But do passions keep changing?? If it changes, was it a passion at all?? GOK!!
1. Target day was smiley.. But to be honest, not smiley enough
2. Spoke to Mr.Ashok Dharmalingam.. A conversation that started on facebook and ended over phone.. I think he too had a good laugh.. Ashok Sir – I hope you read this and smile..
3. My colleague Vimala.. Never fails to amaze me with her hard work.. Especially today with so much work pressure, she just pulled off March 31st to her best.. In fact hard work is a bit of an under-statement.. Maybe the word passion will suit her best.. Such passion for her work.. I wonder if I’ll reach there ever.. Vimala, you simply rock..
4. Great response for Manasika foundation registration.. Felt nice when so many people who have not been in touch for a long while had congratulated and also liked and commented on my FB updates.. Thank you ppl.. You are all very kind
5. My dad told me that the apartment doggy was accompanying him to the temple everyday.. Then once he realised he was going to the same place everyday he got bored and he stopped going along with my dad.. The way my dad explained it was very funny.. He always refers to the doggy as avaru ivaru with a lot of respect..
6. Crisis management with a smile – Bala Sir!! Ungalukku nigar verevarum illai!!
The weekend is already here… Happy Friday.. And yes April 1st.. All of you have your share of harmless fun!! Until my next blog