Long time back in my mother’s kindergarten class the kids were asked about what they would like to become when they grow up. The answers were wide ranging from postman, police (they have no idea about the ‘officer’ part of the job!), driver to even a lion (believe me, this is the exact word that was said). We can be inspired from anything and anyone. An inspiration is crucial as well as motivational. It also keeps changing as we grow in age and experience. So, while for a four year old it may be a postman, for a ten year old it becomes a cricketer, for a nineteen year old it expands to an IAS or an army officer and so on and so forth.
For today’s generation, I feel there is lack of inspiration around, or should I say the right kind of inspiration is not available. They are getting ‘inspired’ (I am not sure if that is the correct word to be used here!) by certain things and people which may look fancy and ‘in’ but deep down are dangerous. Money and fame are the driving force. Everyone wants to be above the other in temporary assets like these. The means used in achieving them somehow take a back seat. I do not propagate that one should not aim for all this, but I really care for the manner in which they are achieved. So, the inspiration has to be the sum-total of ‘what’ and ‘how’. What a person/thing is and how they/it become what they/it did. When the right balance of the two is reached, it can qualify to become an inspiration.
Just turn around and look for a movie, a book, a song, an actor, a politician, a bureaucrat for inspiration – you consider yourself lucky if you find one!
I am really looking forward to the day when as mature adults too our inspiration could still remain to be the postman, police and yes even a lion!