In a small Indian town, there was once a boy who lived in his own dream world; a world of fantasy. A world where nothing was a barrier. A world where he did things as per his own free will.
When he was 13, two things happened- He led a group of 8-15 year olds in a children’s club he formed in the locality and, he was introduced to the magical world of Harry Potter. He, surprisingly, has no significant memory of his life before this time.
But then academic pressure took over and his life was brought in sync with the needs of the time A.K.A. reality. He, however, excelled all through the 5 years of college and at the end of it was on crossroads to choose a career between what he wanted to do and what he was good at. He chose
wisely incoherently; going with the option
that was more financially beneficial and sustainable. The coming year flashed
by his eyes in a blink and he was demented to the core.
Then one early October 2016 night, after
just a year an entire year of working in a corporate media company,
he typed a 700 word resignation letter and mailed it to his bosses. The next
morning he opened an excel sheet and chalked out a travel plan for the entire coming
month. He called it the #GrandNovemberPlan with the hashtag.
Having experienced a lot more than what he had planned for himself, two months later Antarik returned home a happy man with some awesome stories to tell. Among other things, he had climbed a freezing waterfall and played with snow for the first time in his life, danced in a silent party on a Goa Beach, visited a Police Station in a foreign country and got lost in a wild forest in the Himalayas. He had also made best friends out of strangers, impulsively cancelled his flight scheduled for 3 hours later and gone to catch a cloudy glimpse of the world’s third highest mountain.
A love for travelling and storytelling had always been there; the month long travel helped bring it back to the surface. And this was when he decided he would never go back to a corporate job if he could.
Right now, if he is not travelling, he spends his days planning for the next trip and sharing his travel stories on the blog. He also does some freelance work for friends to have a source of income to fund his never ending travel dreams.
If he could live in his childhood's dream world, he would sleep for 12 hours everyday, eat mom cooked food, read a random book and spend late nights in front of the laptop watching Sherlock or Harry Potter.
Perhaps, he still does.
It is our choices, after all, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.