Becoming Someone

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted for a while. I guess I’ve been too preoccupied by my self-titled quest to ‘Become Someone’.

At some point, every child says to themselves, ‘when I grow up, I’m going to be the best *insert ambitious aspiration here*’. One day, perhaps as a 22 year old Neuroscience Masters student, you wake up and think – okay…I’ve grown up. Am I on the path to being where I set out to be? On paper, things look good. In two years’ time, I will leave world recognised institution as a doctor (MBBS) with an MSc in Neuroscience. Decent. You can’t complain too much about that.

But for some reason, that still doesn’t give me that warm feeling of satisfaction others say it should. After all 10 year old Chirag said ‘I’m going to be the best…’ I look at my fellow medic friend, who’s gotten awards year after year for ranking top of my class. I look at the Dean of the IOP, Prof. Shitij Kapoor, a clinician and researcher (what I currently aspire to be), who achieved waaaay more than I have when he was my age. I know children are innocently ambitious, but aren’t these things along the lines of what I had wanted all those years ago? And I know I still want them. Some bucking-up is definitely in order.

Perhaps I’ve had too much fun. I’ve just come back from a feast at Tinseltown (an awesome American restaurant (yes I know, most of my blogs do feature food at some point)). My last weekend was spent touring Bath and Stonehenge. I’ve been exploiting all that London has to offer. But it’s been an intense (but brilliant) year of study – so maybe I deserve to have a few frolics in the park?

I guess the moral of this cheesy philosophical story is that not feeling completely satisfied with your life and seeing others already have reached where you want to be might not be such a bad thing. Of late, it is what’s giving me that kick to try harder etc. etc. etc. Robin Sharma said, “Measure your success by your inner scorecard versus an outer one.” My interpretation: measure your success based on where YOU aspired to be yesterday, a week or a year ago.

But saying all this, it’s vital to remember that life has a lot to offer. Everyone needs their Stonehenges, Baths and Tinseltowns. Don’t let ambition deprive you of them.

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