The other day I was conversing with my son.
The talk veered round to life and success.
My son told me that I should have been a President of a Comapny or at least a Vice president and that I am a failure in my life.
My answer to him was,
‘lets us assume I have been a President of a Company drawing six or seven figure salary.
I should either be continuing to work or wold have retired by now.
What would I be doing?
Doing what I wold like to do which I could not in my earlier years.
Now I am doing what I like most, Writing, visiting temples.
I have my children married, and they are well settled and I have grandchildren to enjoy.
I eat well, sleep well.
What more one does want?
More Bank balance?
I can not eat more than three times a day, not do any thing beyond my age with all the money.
Recognition by people?
People recognize you if you have money, period.
And it does not matter.
I will be here and die whether people recognize me or not.”
You have wasted your life.
With your intelligence , you should have earned more.’
‘Who told you I have not tried?
I was unable to get a job in my prime at a particular point of time , despite the fact I was acknowledged as one of the specialists in my field.
Now I am being offered way beyond my imagination( at least,by my standards).
When it does not matter to me anymore..
In Life I have been ,not because of what I did but despite what did.
I come from a lower middle class family, the son of a reputed teacher, not known for wealth.
To visit Madurai was my highest ambition.
Noe I have been abroad quite a few times.
I studied under scholarship.
Did not have money to pay Hostel Mess Bill.
The college had to waive the rule that one should have one scholarship only to grant me another scholarship.
My brother’s father in law got me into a company at a salary of Rs 100 per month.
My eldest son is a well-known Sports Anchor.
Another son is a senior manager in a MNC.
Daughter represents a US company.
Son in law and daughter in law work in MNCs.
I have grand children.
Even in my wildest imagination I would have thought my family would reach this level.
Well, one can desire for more.
I do not.
I am contented and happy.
Is that not what Life is all about?