My friend, Abhishek, is interested in composing music and loves playing the keyboard. I am into sports and love playing cricket. We both have always wanted to represent India at the national level in our respective fields. By the time we were in eleventh grade, we both were very close to achieving our dreams. Just a few days ago, Abhishek had received an offer from a record label to compose music for them. And today, while playing a cricket match, a scout had observed me and offered me a spot in the under-19 national team. Both of us were very excited about the opportunities.
When I told my parents about the offer, they were sceptical. They asked me how I would be financially independent and make money pursuing a career in cricket. While their logic made sense, I insisted that I wanted to follow my passion. I would not enjoy working as an engineer or a doctor. I told my parents that even though I might not become a successful cricketer or make lots of money, playing cricket was something I would have fun doing. But they refused to budge. I was shocked and sat silently in my room for the rest of the day. When I met Abhishek the next day, I asked him whether he had been successful in convincing his parents. However, one look at his face told me that he had also tried in vain.
Teenagers around the world face similar problems. They end up in professions they do not enjoy because their passions are deemed unprofitable. It all comes down to the question of passion versus profession. What should one rely on if their areas of interest do not give them the ability to sustain themselves? Maybe the new education policy will open up more possibilities and answer these questions.