XYZ: Hey, Saloni! Congratulations on securing 92% in X Boards!
Me: Thank you so much.
XYZ: So you are opting for Science, right?
Me: Nope, Arts!
XYZ: Hey, How is your Graphic Designing course going?
Me: I quit. I want to learn languages. I am going to take admission in the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Mumbai University.
XYZ: Hey, I heard you quit your job.
Me: Yep. I’m going to Italy for further studies and to travel.
XYZ: Do you realize it will tamper your career growth?
Me: I agree, but I can always start afresh once I am back!
XYZ: Hey! You might miss a travel opportunity from work, if you participate in the France exchange program.
Me: I know. However, I’ve decided to go for France exchange program.
XYZ: Hey Sal! What are you up to these days?
Me: I’m working as a French and Italian Translator and I’ve recently started a travel blog.
The decisions you take have a long lasting impact in your life. Your decisions make you unique. They put a bar of distinction between you and everyone else. Your life is a series of decisions that you have taken so far.
In the past seven years, I took certain significant decisions that shaped my life. When I decided to pursue my graduation in French and Italian studies, people asked me if I was out of my mind. Suffice it to say, I didn’t get a lot of encouragement and support in the beginning. When I told them I was travelling to Italy alone for a month, they were assured that I’m crazy. They didn’t understand and tried to talk me out of my decision. There are bound to be such people in your life who would dismiss your dreams. It was so deflating and saddening to an extent that I began to wonder if I made the right choice. I started questioning myself whether I should have taken this stream or not. My thoughts were intertwined in the never-ending realm of “what-ifs”.
What if I had chosen Science? What if I were a Doctor or an Engineer? What if I never traveled abroad?
It was only later, I realized that all the decisions I had taken make sense. Right or Wrong: It doesn’t matter what decision you’ve taken because the best part of life is not about what you’ve got, it’s about what you can make of what you got. It is about being able to step outside your comfort zone to pursue your passion. Don’t let someone or something decide for you; take the wheel and drive towards your own dream.
Why settle? Strive for more by aiming your full potential and you will see, your decisions will become a stepping-stone and lead you to your goal.
I never thought I could travel and stay alone for one month in a foreign country at the age of 18.
I didn’t know I could travel solo to 10 different countries and be my own travel agent.
I could barely imagine myself as a blogger.
However, things shaped up eventually, opportunities knocked and gave me a chance to spread my wings!
So all in all, I believe that decisions can make you or break you, so take the ones you fear most because it will probably provide you with the most growth!
Have you ever experienced something similar? Have you created a happy ending for yourself? Share your comments below, I would love to hear your stories!