Waste Of Talent
In our country, you can be sure that most of the teens do not follow their passion whole heartedly, while they will swear upon the souls as to how much they love to do something and yet when you’ll take a quick look, you will realise that most of them will never have that courage to follow the path they wanted, due to parents pressure, who are mostly fueled by their aspirations from their kids as well as the “chaar log kya kahenge”. This has sought to create an environment wherein a child can only have increased mental pressure to do well in studies, for good grades are the only language this world speaks. Though people will tell you about how they want their children to follow their dreams, but in their own mindset, exists the notion that anything is fine, so long as the grades keep coming, at first sign of poor grades, everything else shall be banned.
We need to ask ourselves, have we failed ourselves, as a society; since we can’t provide our kids the choice to do what they want to pursue. We create hurdles and force them to go through the same studies that everyone must go through even though that kid may be a talented painter, or a sculptor or musician. We look upon all such professions with such disdain though we feel a sense of national pride when a painter or a musician from our country is felicitated in some other country, at that moment, we jump on the bandwagon into acclaiming some popularity. Relatives who once announced the kid as a failure and a disgrace, welcome the musician with open arms, praising him, letting everyone know just how much they were confident about this person’s success. Are we not hypocrites to do this?
Not every child is same, some are good at sports, some have an artistic streak while some love to dance and so many other things, but the sole choice that we keep infront of our children, is science or commerce. We effectively write the unnecessary and unwanted struggle in the child’s life, who may not even have wanted to do any of it. But we have to, because otherwise, starts the emotional blackmail.
How many youngsters can truly stand up and say they are pursuing what they wanted, not many. There are so many excuses we make as a society to our young generation to make them follow the same routine as we did. Without accounting the fact that times have changed, and it’s time, we change the way we look at things around us, our perspective of the talent around us. Being academically sound isn’t a bad thing at all, infact if the child can, he might aswell do it, but in so many cases the child succumbs to the pressure and the routine that the spark inside, which once burnt as a fire, extinguishes. This, is a failure that we as a society create. And this shall be our legacy to our children. Hordes of people just living their routine, from 9-5, waiting for the day to end and to ensure their kid does the same and follows the same path they did, because in the end,”chaar log kya kahenge”?