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Rahul wasn't happy after achieving his goal! Why?

Does winning equal happiness? Read Rahul’s story to find out…

Every summer break would be an opportunity to play cricket day in and day out. To learn new strokes, improve stamina and get better at fielding. For Rahul, becoming the captain of cricket for his school cricket team was the ultimate goal. Not so much a goal than a dream. A reward, a coveted prize. He kept repeating one thing to his self, “Practice with everything you have this year. Next year, the position as well as the title of Man of the Match will be mine.”

He repeated this in the morning, evening, while eating, sleeping, brushing his teeth, combing his hair, wearing his uniform, preparing to go on the pitch and while playing. His coach would call him the next Kohli. His parents called him the noor of their eyes. His younger sister was his constant cheerleader.

He sacrificed junk food, going out with friends and spending time with his family to pursue his passion for cricket. Though he wouldn’t say it, at times, a feeling of emptiness stuck to the pit of his stomach. Loneliness washed over his tired muscles. Tiredness hung around his broad shoulders like a dry flower hanging from a frail branch of a broken tree.

Rahul questioned himself, “I am going to become the captain of the cricket team, why am I not happy?   

He brushed the uneasy feelings to the back of his mind, picked up his cricket kit and rushed back home. These unpleasant emotions would surface intermittently. He would ignore the emotions believing that once he achieved his goal of becoming cricket captain, all his worries will vanish and happiness would be served to him on a platter.

Rahul was aiming for the peak of the mountain. He didn’t care to ponder if the peak was as sharp as a razor that might slice his happiness away. Rahul only focused on doing his best at cricket.  

The days before the final game, he put his heart and soul into the game. On the day of the competition, he was ready to be crowned the cricket captain, and in all probability win the title of man of the match. And, he did. He won.

He was ecstatic when coach Kher presented him with the MAN OF THE MATCH trophy. Rahul was happy. His smile reached to the far corners of his mouth and stayed there for most of the day.

Just like the life of a firefly, the relief he felt upon achieving his goal vanished as soon as it had come. Those feelings of emptiness, tiredness and loneliness returned, but this time they wouldn’t go. He tried to fill the emptiness by fishing for another goal.

“What next? I should be happy, why am I not happy?”

Teentalk India expert Kshitija Sawant explains why Rahul was not happy even after achieving his dream goal.

You’re more likely to find long-lasting happiness in life, if the activities you’re pursuing are aligned with your purpose in life. By purpose, I mean, looking at the bigger picture and asking yourself, “Why am I doing this? Is it because this truly makes me happy?” Unfortunately, Rahul was not happy even after receiving his award since he was living according to society’s idea of success and happiness, not his own. So, in order to be genuinely happy in life, you need to stop being a part of the rat race and be true to yourself!

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“My mother is my inspiration to succeed in life”

Teenage girls share how their mothers have been a positive influence in their education and career journey
Nishtha JunejaTeentalkindia Content Writer

What is career?
By definition career refers to a progression of one’s working life.

  • Snigdha came from a well-do-to middle class family. Her mother insisted that she move out of her comfort zone and explore a new city to study. While she was excited, she had also heard stories of cruelty against women. Whenever these fears surfaced her mother consoled her and asked her to focus on academics. Upon reaching the big city, Snigdha faced culture shock. She could not fit in to the crowd and wanted to come back, but her mother became her pillar of strength. She asked her to focus on academics. She insisted that a good education will lead to better career prospects. “My mother believes that every girl should have an education that will lead to a stable job.” As per research conducted by Jagpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor at Punjabi University, Patiala and Pawandeep Kaur, MPhil student at Punjabi University, Patiala, the mother-daughter relationship was found to be directly influencing career aspiration and career orientation. They also mentioned that parents’ favourable attitude helped in motivating young girls to be career-driven.

  • Neeta came from a lower middle class family. She had two elder brothers, both were pursuing engineering. Though Nita’s mother had only studied till class 10, she wanted her daughter to get a bachelor’s degree. Neeta constantly faced pressure from her father and to an extent, her brothers, to drop academics and learn house-related skills instead. But she was persistent, and she could only be persistent because of the support of her mother. There were numerous times when heated arguments and hurtful insults were hurled at Neeta by her immediate family members. This further strengthened her will to finish the degree and take up a job in a reputed bank. “Women prefer a high level of education for their daughters than that achieved by them,” according to the same research mentioned above.
  • Priya wanted to become a fashion designer. Her mother was working as an accountant in one of the leading firms of the country. She always saw her mother multi-tasking, managing the house, the job and her kids; Priya and her younger brother. The focus and determination to create an identity and have a purpose in life was injected by her mother. Since the outside world is highly competitive, there was a time in Priya’s life when she faced rejection on numerous occasions. It was then that her mother stepped in to infuse confidence. “My mother is my inspiration to succeed in life”, says Priya proudly. As per the same research that is mentioned above, it was deduced that female university students with working mothers were significantly more career-oriented than their counterparts with non-working mothers.

Hence, career orientation of female college students was positively correlated with mothers’ educational level and employment.

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