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Aspirations, Age and Career Decisions


"Doctor! Architect! Teacher!", all my friends at school shouted out with complete clarity and confidence. I was unsure how to answer this question: "What do you want to be when you grew up?"

I had no idea. Still don’t, to be honest. The only issue is that, now, I’m all grown up. 🤦‍♂️

My aspirations have always been to be whatever I’m not and do whatever I haven’t done. That doesn’t mean I’m unhappy or unsatisfied with what I am or do now.

Far from it. I love my work and my life. I just wish to experience doing other things too. Many many other things. I’m at an age when most people are completely committed to the life they’ve been leading for a decade or so, and trying to improve their level/status in it. And yet, I’m thinking what else should I start completely fresh.

Along the journey of life, one of my most strongly held desires has been to be an Architect. I had made peace with the idea that I can’t obviously become one. Until 2021.

In April 2021, I started preparing for National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA). Last week, I appeared for the exam surrounded by kids half my age. Yesterday the results were announced. I did really well and my score is in the 90th percentile.

My Age and my Aspirations have finally caught up. All that they need now is one absolutely crazy Career Decision. I’m conflicted and elated all at once. 2022 is gonna be a fun year.

Aspiration is the literal meaning of…