Change the Definition...
Careers have taken such an overdrive in our urbane lives that everything else either remains at the periphery, or worse, wanders outside the myopic zone. We are enchanted in believing that fulfilment is derived only through professional excellence. It could only hold good for a certain phase of life, or till the charm lasts. Eventually, the incantation fades away and what remains is a hollow lifeless sculpture.
While it is a reality that having a successful career has become a significant part of a fulfilling life, varying definitions of this success is what I am scared of. You work your way towards climbing a ladder full of splinters and snakes. Limbs jarred of this constant scuffle with an unknown enemy.
Sleeps reduced to mere getaway from this unscrupulous reality, you start despising the one you'd aspired to become. They easily take credit for achievements supposed to be yours. Defaulters comfortably dodge the rebukes meant for them. Work directed towards them is diverted towards you with subtlety, all in the name of efficient managerial delegation. One is made to shoulder workload of two, calling it opportunity. The working world has graduated from being a place filled with warmth and emotion, to one brimming with despicable corporate commotion.
The way out, is but through the river of fire. Hence, strive not to end up becoming the person you've despised till now. But that is what happens, when this venom accumulates within one over a period of time, it eventually transpires into one becoming what they never intended to.
Trick lies in breaking the chain. Invest your energy into not letting you fall prey to this insidious game of shadows. Be that one soul who swims against the flow and ensures that kindness and empathy become the norm instead of rivalry and turmoil. Work towards changing the definition...