When I say the word ‘Money’ what comes to your mind? Need, want, comfort, luxury, happiness, satisfaction, power ? But what if I say the more you get it the more you will need it. Sure, the greed never ends. That’s the beauty of it.
In everyone’s life, there comes a time where you have to make a choice. A choice that will define the next 20 to 40 years of your life. The choice that the world will define you. But the question is that do you want to be defined by the world? Do you want to live your entire life under the “Chaar Log Kya Kahenge?” syndrome.
Sometimes, it is okay to be criticized. People are going to criticize you no matter what. Sometimes they do it on your face, sometimes on your back. There is always a sect of people who will never agree with what you do. It takes a great deal of courage to choose what you want to do. It takes a great deal of courage to be a rebel in the society. And being a rebel isn’t a bad thing. It just means you don’t want to waste the small life that you have living someone’s life. The society is just like the seventh jar!! Now you might be wondering what’s about the seventh jar!!
Once upon a time, there was a barber who used to be the king’s barber. One day he was lying below a tree. He hears a voice which asks him ” What are you worried about, do you need money?” to that the barber replies ” Yes, that’s what I need” .
” So will 7 jars of Gold will do. If yes, then go back home you will find 7 jars of Gold.”
The barber finds 7 jars of gold at his home. He opens all the jars one by one. The first six jars are full and then he opens the seventh jar. The seventh jar is half empty. In the process of the filling the seventh jar he ends up selling everything he has, starving without shelter or food or clothes. But sadly, the seventh jar can never be filled.
Here, in this case people are like the seventh jar and we are like the barber. We seldom fail to realize no matter how hard you try to please everyone, there are going to be displeased souls. All the time.
It need not always be that way. Choosing a passion over money is important. Don’t think about it in the short term. Yes, you would not make money initially. You would have the feeling of being left behind. You might compare your life with that of your friends. They might be successful. They might even be richer than you. But why keep up with the Joneses. You will have to work harder. You will have to be patient. But it will all be worth the effort. The results won’t go in vain. Nobody needs to push you to do things that you like. You won’t have the need to motivate yourself, force yourself into a job you dread. Because you do what you like. Excellence always makes way for the dollars. It’s difficult to make this choice. It’s difficult to stand up for what you believe in. But trust me, thirty to fifty years down the lane you will relish these days. You will be proud of yourself for making these decisions. One day when you’re lying on the bed surrounded by your kids, grand kids and your entire family you will look back at your life. You would not take any regrets with you. You would be an inspiration, a proud being. Do you want to go with a satisfaction or do you want to go with regrets that you cannot do anything about. Do not regret. Do not fall victim to the “What if”.
So, what do you choose today?