LEAN Dream

  • Agonyaunt

Mar 5, 2019-

Dear aunt,

I am currently preparing for my grade 12 board exams. Ever since I was a child, I dreamt of becoming a pilot, this has been more intense since I graduated my SEE. But since I am living in an orphanage home, it is next to impossible for me to pursue my dream. Whenever I have shared my ambition to become a pilot with anyone, they usually don’t take me seriously—it is like a joke to them.

Even those who take time to listen to me say that it is very expensive to be a pilot—something that I cannot afford by any means. And even if I manage to study my dream

profession, there isn’t a good career prospect in our country. Regardless, I even searched for a scholarship to study aviation but to no avail. I had thought that I will be able to find something good if I can graduate somehow but that too seems very far-fetched for me.

Now I have realised that may be I will have to sideline my dream and be more practical. I have thought of pursuing electrical engineering but it doesn’t excite me at all. Although I have my second option open, I still keep thinking about being a pilot. Please aunt, help me, what should i do?  

- Bibek

Dear Bibek,

It is definitely sad when we cannot pursue our dreams and have to let them go for more pragmatic options. But first, I really want to commend you for your aspirations and hard work. Coming from an orphanage, you have managed to complete your higher studies and have a plan for your future. This is a feat in itself and you should be proud of yourself—I sure am!

It is true that studying aviation is very expensive and there are very few scholarships available for young people who want to pursue it. Not being able to follow your dreams is also a part of growing up which we always learn the hard way. With your means, it is a practical decision to study a popular course that will not cost a fortune and also has good career prospects. You don’t want to pursue something that costs a lot and does not even guarantee a job.

In the long term, you may actually feel that it was a blessing in disguise to have studied your second option. When we are young, we have this glamorous idea of a few professions but it may not be as ‘cool’ or ‘happening’ as we might have thought when we wanted to pursue it. Sometimes, a practical solution is the best one even though it doesn’t make you happy at the time.

Good luck for your higher studies and don’t feel bad for not being able to pursue your dream. As you grow older, you will realise that there are many ways you can fulfil your hopes and aspirations and you will be able to draw satisfaction from various things in life.

Published: 05-03-2019 09:48

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