At 15, I have already lived a life that differs significantly from the typical path most kids follow. Instead of adhering to the usual trajectory of childhood and adolescence, I chose the odd path, embracing a variety of interests and passions. In this article, I will share my experience and express my gratitude to my parents for their unwavering support and guidance. Furthermore, I will address the misconceptions about my happiness and the value of an unconventional childhood.
The Traditional Middle-Class Child's Life
The conventional middle-class child's life often looks something like this:
- Fun until age 8
- Enrollment in IIT or Medical coaching
- 10 years of preparation for a single college
- Find a job
- Midlife Crisis
- Climb the ladder
However, I believe that this trajectory does not suit every child, and I am fortunate that my parents recognized this early on.
My Alternative Path
My life took a different turn, which I attribute to my parents' open-mindedness and their willingness to expose me to various activities (i was also born in a middle class family):
- Typical fun until age 8
- Later fun with activities: my parents enrolled me in coding, photography, drawing, and advanced mathematics classes
- Surprisingly, I excelled in all of these fields
- Coding caught my eye, and I became deeply invested in it
- My parents took me to boot camps, workshops, and other events to nurture my talent
- The rest, as they say, is history
- In progress
The Role of ADHD
Interestingly, I also have a mild form of ADHD, which may have contributed to my unique path. Instead of viewing it as a hindrance, I believe that my ADHD has played a role in shaping my interests and enabling me to excel in various fields
Happiness and Childhood
Many people argue that I missed out on my childhood, but I believe that I made the most of it. My unique experiences have not only helped me discover my passions but also brought me immense happiness. I am incredibly proud of my achievements and grateful for the opportunities I have been given.
A quote from the Bhagavad Gita resonates with my journey and the happiness I have found in my path: "We're kept from our goal not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal." (Bhagavad Gita 2.44) This quote emphasizes the importance of following our own unique path to achieve true happiness and fulfillment, rather than settling for lesser goals that may seem more conventional.
Navigating the World of Education
While I acknowledge that there are many scammy educational institutes preying on the dreams of middle-class families, I don't mean to discredit all educational institutions. In the beginning, I attended educational institutes to grasp the basics, but later discontinued them as I found more effective and affordable resources.
Online platforms like FreeCodeCamp, Coursera, Udemy, and YouTube provided me with the opportunity to learn at my own pace and explore a vast array of topics. These resources allowed me to tailor my education to my interests and develop my skills without incurring exorbitant costs.
Choosing the odd path may not be conventional, but it has allowed me to explore my passions, discover my talents, and navigate the world of education effectively. I am grateful for my parents' unwavering support and their willingness to help me pursue my interests. Life is not a one-size-fits-all journey, and by embracing our unique paths, we can uncover our true potential, achieve happiness, and live a more fulfilling life.