The world has changed drastically over the course of the last year. There is much uncertainty, apprehension and suffering all around. Still, we hope that the trail of destruction left behind by this wretched virus soon makes way for better days to dawn.
All the events of the recent past have made me dwell on what our dreams for the future are, assuming that we have one. I was talking to a friend the other day who told me that his dream in life was to own a super bike. I was left dumbstruck because to me, that sounded really absurd. To spend lakhs on something so materialistic as a bike sounded too pointless for me. I was quick to judge him. But then, he shot the question right back at me and I found myself fumbling for words. Then I came up with ‘travel and go see places’, which was actually something I wanted to do. And he seemed to be content because he made me spill out what he wanted to hear. He asked me how it was okay to pursue my dream but not okay for him to pursue his, simply because it was materialistic. I dwelled on the topic but couldn’t come up with a retort.
Why is it so difficult to digest the fact that someone wants to achieve something in life that is materialistic and not experiential or beneficial for others?
Should dreams be measured on a yardstick? Do dreams always need to be noble and benefit others? Tell me what you think.