He couldn’t stop smiling.There was overflowing happiness. A few hours from now, Avyakta was going to meet that person who has changed his life forever. Peter was a strict disciplinarian, a perfectionist and very demanding manager. Avyakta started working at Peter’s training institute at an age of 19. He had the responsibilities of his family on his young shoulders.
Avyakta was still an adolescent when he started his career and allowed himself to be distracted by others of his age who didn’t have much of responsibilities and enjoyed their lives in every possible way they could. Avyakta used to bunk office and go for movies. He was always angry at life, for he believed that life had truncated his teens a little too early by dumping responsibilities on his young shoulders. He felt he hadn’t been allowed to be a 19-year-old.
“Be somebody that everybody will look up to.”
Finding it difficult to cope with the demanding work, Avyakta decided to resign and go back home. Holding Avyakta’s resignation letter in his hand, Peter told Avyakta, “Let’s meet at Boat Club this evening.” Once at Boat Club, they occupied a bench by the river. Peter said, looking into Avyakta’s eyes, “I can understand how a 19-year-old feels. But the big question is, ‘Do you necessarily have to fit into the definition of a typical 19-year-old?’ Movies, parties, hanging out, chilling out – everybody does that. Why do you want to be one among the crowd? Why not be the one above the crowd?”
“If you live like everybody, you will become like everybody”
Peter continued, “Do you want to just anybody in life or do you want to be somebody in life?If you want to be anybody in life, then quit the job and merge in the crowd. However, if you want to be somebody in life, then stand up and be counted. If you live like everybody, you will become like everybody. If you don’t want to be like everybody, then you have to do what nobody has done. Do you want to be a typical 19-year-old or do you want to be a 19-year-old who will be looked up to by the other 19-year-olds? Get out of your comfort zone.”
Avyakta’s eyes were full of tears. Peter’s words did their magic on him. He subordinated all his likes and dislikes to the purpose of his life and started his journey to being somebody who will be looked up to by the other 19-year-olds.
Don’t be just anybody in your life. Strive to be that somebody who you always wanted to be. It’s okay if you do not enjoy your teenage. It’s okay if you do not enjoy a few years of your life because you are working to be that somebody. Doing so, you can at least narrate your legendary stories to your children and grand children.
This story is a part of the book Most and More by Mahatria Ra.
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