It has taken the feat of a 4 year old boy- Budhia Singh, to bring to light, the huge hidden talent this nation could have.
This kid’s example can be taken as something to reckon with, in a country where the prevalent norm among all those parents who can afford education, is to curb all activities but "Padhayi-Likhai" especially in the "crucial" years of schooling. Maybe you have a budding sportsman, singer, designer ...etc amongst you. Would you even know? Do you even care? I feel its time this Nation awakened to the fact that, to finish an engineering degree from one of the many colleges and to end up as yet another software engineer is not exactly "utopia". If children are let to explore their talents along with their education at school, they might have the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding their future.(read wide range of career options) Not all are born mathematicians and they may never actual enjoy their work or measure up to the huge expectations set by family and peers. Ultimately this will result in a drop of self esteem in the young minds and the regret of never having tried something they believe they are good at, will stay with them till the end. Is it worth loosing this one life over all that pent up regret/guilt of never having explored alternatives? Many of you might argue that this “freedom” might result in “bad” endings. I am not surprised, after all we are the “risk averse” Indians who live and die by what the society expects out of us. But I think more important than “bad endings” is to avoid a life full of statements beginning with “If only”.
If you have not tried then you have already lost the battle and reconciled to a non-descript life.
The most important thing is that children have come of age and it is high time parents recognize this and give them more leeway in taking their own decisions. You may impart advice and even set an example of what you believe is the best but the ultimate decision should rest with the child who like you is individual and who just like you has the right to decide.
I found this poem by Kahlil Gibranand(fell in love with it instantly) and was inspired to write this today. Do take some time out to read and understand this piece.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and he bends you with his might that his arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.