Find your purpose sunset
what was bargained for. But we have to take risks if we want to achieve our purpose. We may not to lose a limb like the rat in the story, but we may be required to leave the cozy environment of the home, put in hard effort to clear a competitive examination, short-sell ourselves and find a job in some strange city where your soul gets suffocated and tolerate unfair, unreasonable and incompetent bosses.
It is up to us to decide if we are ready to take the risk to live a life of purpose or sentence ourselves to the life of a rat. I used to think that retirement was the end of the road, as one had done enough to deserve a break from any type of work. To me, retirement meant getting up late in the morning, enjoying a cup of steaming hot tea with at least two newspapers, taking the dog for a walk, having a hearty breakfast, and a nap after lunch; in the evening a good game of golf, after which one deserved a couple of drinks. What a great idea to lead a life of tranquility after years of running around on the instructions of some fool who happens to be your senior.
Like most others, I trained myself to believe that you needed to work only if you need money for your livelihood. Over a period of time, I have realised that losing perspective is the biggest problem one has. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at start changing. I did a small self-analysis exercise to check whether I really had something in me with which I could make a difference in the lives of the lesser fortunate. I realised it was not me alone but every individual had the power to bring about some positive change in society. How you feel about yourself is extremely important. People with a positive attitude about themselves, who feel they can accomplish their chosen objectives, tend to develop a good self-concept. Ideally, one must see oneself in a realistic and favourable light that supports success in expectations. People who have a poor self-concept have lower expectations. For example, if something bad happens to them, these people tend to blame themselves, even if the situation is not of their making. If something good happens to them, they may assume it was due to chance only and not because of their contribution. People who think they will not succeed, may influence the outcome in a negative way.