BEGIN TO BE NOW WHAT YOU WILL BE HEREAFTER
“I slept and dreamt that life is beauty,
I woke and found that life is duty…”
These words by the eminent poet, Sir John Milton, are the harbingers of the significance of duty and responsibility in one’s life. Every person from a mendicant on the road to the monarch of the world has certain dreams which he wants to be fulfilled. All of us want to realize our dreams. Why, then, are most dreams unable to touch the realm of reality? The basic reason, according to me, is the most dominant human character – laziness and lassitude. We feel that dreams are only confined to sleep, but I say, dreams take away our sleep and replace it with the spirit to work hard and achieve those dreams. The desire to fulfill our dreams replaces the lethargic hours of our sleep with toil and hard work. We, however, want everything to come to us but sadly enough, the bitter truth remains unaltered. The truth as quotes by Sir Eleanor Roosevelt, states:
“There is no elevator to success,
We have to take the stairs…!”
The stair to success is, of course, something all of us hate to accept – perseverance and patience. No one wants to get rid of the hard-earned, growing flab around their bellies. If we don’t want to work hard and bring about a change right now, how then can we even dare to hope to achieve our goals in the near future? If we can dare to dream, why then, can we not dare to toil for the realization of our dreams? Ambition requires immense will-power and the urge to work hard. Change is the only thing that is constant. If we continue to be what we are today, we would inevitably be the same tomorrow. If we vow to change ourselves today, we can make our future much better and we can embellish our life with rare achievements and contentment.
Amitabh Bachchan, the icon of Bollywood, went against the wishes of his family and left his home, endured the excruciating pangs of the terrible days of struggle, unemployment and so many other difficulties an his journey to the Indian Cinema. However, one crazy dream did not allow him to be weakened by the plethora of troubles that adorned his way. He is, today, symbolic of high society, grace and elegance. The only place where success comes before work is the dictionary. If we want to become someone tomorrow, we have to stop being just anyone today. Mahatma Gandhi has very rightly said…:
“The history of the world is full of people who rose to leadership – by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.”
The Africans who were enslaved not only physically, but mentally as well by the manacles of intense colour distinction, fought for their skin and their freedom and ultimately succeeded in attaining their independence. The appointment of Nelson Mandela as the first independent Prime Minister of Africa earmarks the fact that hard work and the will to succeed enforces all hurdles to vanish and great glory to appear. Thousands of other examples can be quoted where sheer toil has changed millions of lives. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, etc. are all examples who forced the world to bend under their dreams. They were also born as naturally human beings as we were. Why, then, can we not rise to levels as high as them? It is obvious that our tomorrow solely depends on what we are today. The mastermind of English literature, William Shakespeare, also believes the same and has said.
“The shadow of a dream is the essence of life.”
The dire need of the hour is to cultivate the dormant qualities of will-power and the desire to persevere willfully in ourselves. If we change ourselves today according to the requirements of the future, it will undoubtedly befit us better. Imagining doesn’t pay; it is the work that matters, the change that matters. As per Sir Rudyard Kipling:
“If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run
Yours will be the earth and everything that’s in it
And what’s more, you’ll be a man, my son!”
Life is a strange juncture of ups and downs. We fall, we get up, we learn, we dream. Imagine a world where everyone becomes what he wants to be, where dreams are meant to be realized! The world would assuredly become a better place to live in. All we need is to shove away our hesitation, laziness, reluctance and fear. We need to roll our sleeves and get set to work on our desires. Nothing in the entire firmament can stop us from achieving what we want. All of us dream, but our spirit dies and debilitates when hard work and industry come into view. Once we vow to accomplish our dreams, nothing can dare stop us except, of course, our very own lankness and lethargy. It is imminent and imperative for us to discard our laziness and put ourselves forth in action. A positive and relevant change in our today can bring about a massive transformation in our tomorrow.
It is extremely mandatory to change ourselves today to be what we want to tomorrow. People don’t become great by sheer imagining, they become great by working for their future and by not whiling away their time in the present. If we ruin our time today, time will ruin our tomorrow. As per Navjot Singh Siddhu :
“It is better to prepare and prevent rather than repair and repent.”
The need to prepare and prevent is today otherwise it may be too late for us to even repair and repent. We light just end up regretting our foolishness and sighing, “I wish I had changed back then! I would have certainly made something meaningful out of my life…”As per Robert Frost:
“I took the road not taken….and that has made all the difference.”
It’s our life! It’s we who have to do something about it! The human mind, in itself, can make a heaven of hell and hell of heaven. It’s up to us to turn our life into the Shangri la of plenty and prosperity or the netherworld of distress and misery. The world is the lord’s gift to us…Why then are we polluting this priceless present with virulence, malice and torment. After all, what Napolean Bonaparte said was not that false. His words sound like echoes in my mind – “Victory belongs to those who persevere…”
Dreams have the power to raise us to levels where we can’t even imagine ourselves. All we need is to change. Change is the only constant. All we need is to harness our time into something useful and meaningful. If we don’t accustom ourselves to our future right now, we would assuredly be replete with regret and remorse in our later life. However, if we manage to realize our shortcomings in time and change ourselves for good today, we might change our future to come. We should pledge to work hard and fulfill our wishes. If we can dare to see big dreams, we can then, definitely possess the ability to reach that level of success. In a nutshell, I would like to say that its high time we quit our laziness and foolishness and act wise. We need to be today what we have to be hereafter. Waiting for the right moment won’t help. This is the right moment. After all, Sir George Bernard Shaw, was quite right to have said:
“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not’?”