The above quote by W.H. Davies perfectly defines us today- ‘the generation of impatient people.’ We are hankering after one thing or the other without taking a pause. We have no time to pause and think where we are heading to and why. To add on to this, we have our best friend- ‘technology,’ leading us to want quicker results than ever.

And we get results, yet we don’t feel contented. Our entire life revolves around technology. People are too busy and entangled in the worldly pursuits to think like a human being. Putting it other ways, we have started resembling machines in our behavior.

Who is to be blamed?

We blame it on ‘the burden of expectations.’ We put the blame on – society, peer pressure, rising population, ever growing competition and so on.

But wait, have we forgotten to look inside? Have we genuinely tried to escape this vicious trap? Yeah, we do have a few of those bravados. But most of us are plagued by the never-ending pursuits. Traffic lights stop working in big Indian cities, even worse, if in metros; and there is a clear manifestation of the ‘generation of inpatients.’

Now let’s see the root cause of it. Since our childhood, we are conditioned to line up in this rat-race of outdoing our fellow ‘human beings’. And that’s how our society defines ‘success.’ Yes, some of us do reach that ‘expected pinnacle,’ and yet we are deep down frustrated and discontented.

Societal expectations don’t just intrude our career, but every aspect of our life and lifestyle. We are expected to look best, earn a 7-10 digit salary, fulfill our family responsibilities, and the list goes on.

This is the criteria by which our society defines a ‘happy and contented life.’ We are expected to be perfect in every role of our lives. More than 60% of Indian population is under 35. So, who is at the receiving end- the youth. Some of us crash down under the societal expectations of trying to fit into the ‘societal stereotypes.’

When did we last do something wholeheartedly?

Remember, when we were little kids, there was something that each one of us loved doing- we had a passion! We loved painting, story-telling, cracking jokes, dancing, singing, etc. Remember those days, when we were close to Nature. We rejoiced in observing birds, squirrels, playing in the mud, etc.

And now all that stands forgotten and lost in the hum-drum of the busy world. We have been pushed to become ‘engineers, doctors, corporates, etc.’ But today, even from in an hour ride from office to home, we do not have time to look at the changing hues of sky, the setting sun or the tall bushy trees that line our busy roads.

We rush from home to office and then from office to home, and the loop continues.

Many of us do achieve the ‘society set goal,’ but still don’t feel happy inside. Simply because this was not what we wanted to do when we were a child. We loved doing something else. But when that ‘something’ does not match to our ‘societal expectations,’ we are not among those lucky ones who earn by doing what they love to do. Also, because luck favors the bravados, who can dare to ignore ‘what people/society thinks.’

The kids born today grow up even faster than us. They have actually lost themselves in the game of ‘flaunting’ much before we ‘the 90s kids’ have. Some of the frustrated lots among us find recluse in the virtual world and some others indulge in all sorts of crime.

Let's pause for a couple of minutes

For a moment, let’s pause and reflect- go back to our childhood days. We can learn from the carefree kid we have been once as well as from Nature. Nature exists in perfect harmony. It doesn't even try to compete or outdo each other. Nature exists and grows at its own unique pace. Then why can't we human beings do the same?

We had some hobbies and dreams that we have completely forgotten today. Each one of us has an inborn natural talent that makes us unique. Let's rekindle that passion which rejuvenated our soul when we were just a kid-free of all the burdens and expectations.