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Is It Necessary to Follow a Fixed Path in Life?

Megha is an Agriculture Graduate and an entrepreneur. She runs a home bakery called WE BAKE.

The idea of writing this article came to mind when I was at my work place and had some free time. I thought what exactly was I doing one year ago at this very time?

The answer was I was studying. Studying for what?

I was studying for CAT (Common Aptitude Test) an entrance exam for top B-schools of India that takes place at the end of November month every year.

That pushed me into a deep nostalgia. I completed my degree last year in june from College Of Agriculture, Indore. I was by then an Agriculture graduate who had imagined her life in a systematic way and at places where she had never gone in her life until this day. I wanted to do Agri-business from IIM A, so I had worked out everything. How am I going to study, how many hours of a day I have to give, how frequently I have to re-visit topics etc. During that period from June to November, I was working my soul-hard to achieve a benchmark that I had set for myself. There were days when I and my friend sat for studies at 8 in the morning and got up from that place at 10 during night. All this because I had PLANNED and wanted to be at a place filled with such exposure and life. Last year Diwali (one of the most important festivals of India) was on 29-October, since exam was very very close I did not go to my native place( Bhopal). As the days came close, I was scoring well in mock-tests and other small tests. But, during the D-day I completely lost it. I don't know why but I could not manage to score even half the marks I got in my last test.

Within one hour of the exam I knew I am doomed. All I could see on the window of my computer screen was disappointed faces of my friends, family, seniors, juniors. I couldn't focus properly on what was written, what was the question? I sat there numb. It was shameful, disappointing that something I had been working hard from by soul just to be at the place I had dreamt of being at, and it vanished completely within a time of 3 hours. How was that possible? While leaving the examination hall I could not say anything. My friends were calling me to ask how was the paper and all I could say is Achha gaya! (It was nice).

That was the end of the day, exam, my plans, my dreams, my expectations. What did I ask from life? Just to get into that college? But it could not give me that also?

When results were announced, I was sitting with my mom just trying to think about something else, but I don't know how tears were rolling down my eyes. And next what I see is my mother crying for me( something that hurt more than failure).

Just to cope up and to let my family get okay with this fact, I came back to my hometown, leaving everything behind. After coming back, all I used to do was THINK. Think and think and think , because anyways everyone wanted to know what do I want to do with life? I had no answer.

And then Lock-down happened. Our lives came to a stop. Everything stopped. We were inside our homes trying to protect ourselves from the unexpected event that took the whole world in a go. When the world was facing COVID-19, I was just trying to keep myself calm, because during those days I used to get irritated easily, I did not like talking to anyone, I was happy in myself trying to get into least interactions.

Then I thought, is it worth it? Is it worth so much of my energy that I am not able to keep people near me happy? Does it deserve so much of my precious time? Was it the last thing left in my life that could have given me happiness? Answer was, Absolutely No ! My life had given me a chance to explore myself rather than trying to explore the world. It had given me a chance to think of myself as an absolute human being. What more should I ask from life? I realized that in the hustle-rustle of the world, I too was trying to run fast, question is Do I need to?

I was trying to limit myself to the knowledge I gained in my school and college. Did anyone stop me from looking out of the window? Can someone hold my thoughts?

Can someone really stop me from being me? A really genuine question everyone must ask themselves again and again.

You will definitely get all the answers as No ! So, I started doing something I love. I started baking cakes. Day by day, new recipes, failed recipes, successful recipes, innovations and what not. Within few days, without stepping out of my home, I was exploring the world. I was watching recipes from different countries, how they make it there, can it be applied here etc. The fact was these were my raw, genuine efforts.

I kept trying my hand at cakes as and when I can, and while I was doing this I got a job offer (hurrrayyyyyy).

I readily grabbed the opportunity and also continued baking cakes until a day when I opened my new venture called " WE BAKE". Well , life is so unpredictable, I mean I had never imagined myself becoming an entrepreneur because as I said I NEVER PLANNED for it. Unexpected things will happen adn they will becoe a part of my our life, our motto should be to keep improving until we find infinity.

Even today while writing this article I could feel chills down my spine. I had tears in my eyes as the expression of each word here is true. that failure is true, that feeling is true. But I wanna shoutout to all the people feeling this, you will succeed.

At last I will like to say:

You are a Pheonix, reborn from your own ashes.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Megha Ginnare

Comments

Megha Ginnare (author) from BHOPAL on October 19, 2020:

@Aman Thank you so much for reading. Hopefully if it even helps just one person overcome his/her shortcomings my motto is fulfilled. Thank you for such lovely comment.

Aman sexy jinja on October 19, 2020:

Chills went down my spines. you have no idea how many hearts and souls you touched by writing this. So many people feel the same way but few manage to rise up and face everything that life throws at them. Keep moving forward megha. I am very proud of you.

Megha Ginnare (author) from BHOPAL on October 18, 2020:

@Ajay Hey ajay! Thanks a lot for reading. Thank you for such a great compliment.

Megha Ginnare (author) from BHOPAL on October 18, 2020:

@Brenda Thank you so much for appreciating. There is so much to discover. Thing is I will keep going.

Ajay Chouhan on October 17, 2020:

DIFFICULT ROADS LEAD TO BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS.....

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You are a brightest star of our star batch

.. keep going and ejoyyyy

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 17, 2020:

Megha,

It is true you can think out of the box. There is so much in life to offer oneself if you just take the time to try it.

Don't quit trying and reaching for new things...lots more to discover.

Glad you found the ability to make cakes...now do alot more.

Megha Ginnare (author) from BHOPAL on October 17, 2020:

@Ankita B. Thank you so much for reading Ankita. Hope you have a great and big life ahead

Megha Ginnare (author) from BHOPAL on October 17, 2020:

@Shraddha Thank you for reading. And yes unexpected stuff really does wonders sometimes.

Megha Ginnare (author) from BHOPAL on October 17, 2020:

@Nimisha My guiding angel must not say that. Thank you so much for being there.

Ankita B on October 17, 2020:

True indeed. Life is unpredictable and we do not know how things may turn differently. This was a nice and motivational read.

Megha Ginnare (author) from BHOPAL on October 17, 2020:

@Riya We were together in this. Glad you and I saw it togehter happiness. Loads of best wishes and Good luck.

Shraddha on October 17, 2020:

Sometimes unexpected things are much better than the expected ones..❤️

Nimisha on October 17, 2020:

You are always phenominal and always one of my best person I admire .. Life is full of challenges so I will say "Just go with the flow"

RIYA DHANWANI from NEEMUCH on October 17, 2020:

Megha, I have not words to describe the feeling after reading this. Those days were really amazing, feeling nostalgic. Seriously life always gives you a second chance and I am happy that you grab that chance and doing fantastic in your life..so happy for you

All the best and congratulations for you new venture ♥️