“When you are continuously displaced, you make friends easily. You have low expectations from the unfamiliar; hence you are more pleasantly surprised than frustrated when faced with life’s many ups and owns.
You explore everything around you, develop curiosity – new lands, customs, food and ways of doing things begin to draw you in.
You learn to survive on the strength of who you are, just for this day, today.
You build ingenuity in order to survive.
You trust strangers and, hence strangers trust you.
You build intuitive capability to sniff trouble – which can tell you when to leave a bar!
You become an interesting person, because you have lost of stories to tell.
Finally, you learn to move on.”
The above came from the Subroto Bagchi’s life lessons for the young professional in the book “Go, kiss the world”.
In the past 6 years that I have gotten into the professional world, I have changed my place of residence every 2 years, if not lesser. It does give me a sense of restlessness; but my very nature resists stagnation.
During my tenure in the previous company, Kolkata gave me a whole world of comforts, it promised to make my life easy going. But it also made me resistant to change. I constantly had the fear of getting too much in the comfort zone. For me, being in the comfort zone is akin to stagnation, which, like rust eats into one’s intellect, if not the complete life.
Yet the cons of moving around resist people from doing bigger things in life. They prefer a stable life for the sake of their families (and themselves). I have seen too many such people in Kolkata. I don’t blame them; I just try to appreciate their point of view.
At this stage, I am moving on to a new place. This time it will be Ahmedabad. A new project, a new experience! I hope it takes me closer to my goal.