“But yield who will to their separation,
My object in life is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For heaven and the future’s sakes.”
-Two Tramps in Mud Time
When Robert Frost wrote these lines he had no idea how true they would prove to be for our generation. So let me ask you dear readers, what did you chose in life?Do you love your profession? Are you satisfied with the path you took or do you still think you could have chosen something more close to your heart? .
These questions remain unanswered mainly because we never take the time to ponder over them. Or maybe we just don’t have time. Amidst all the rat race and the competition to be the best, we forget what were the most important things in our life. When we are kids we dream of becoming musicians or painters or writers and even princesses. So what happens to these dreams once we grow up. Most people would say that we become more practical, we understand that our childish fantasies have no place in our lives anymore. It is true we can’t deny the fact that working for money is an essential part of our lives. That having a comfortable and financially secure life is important for survival. But the question remains, at what cost?
Why can’t we unite them as Frost said. Make a living out of dreams.Isn’t aptitude an important factor while chosing a profession. What is it that we are so scared of losing that we sacrifice our most valuable dreams. Lets say you do have a reason for the sacrifice but how can you do justice to the job you take up when you highly dislike it. I don’t think I can.
So tell me are you living your dreams? If not then what did you want to do with your life? Do you think it is right keeping your avocation and vocation separate? Do share..
p.s. For those who are new to these terms, avocation is an activity that one engages in as a hobby outside one’s main occupation and vocation is a regular occupation or profession a person choses.