Is it true that our elders or especially our parents are always right for their opinion towards our career or simply our future?

Posted on May 10, 2019 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal


There is no doubt that, the vast experience and the various ups and downs that our elders and parents have undergone in their lives at various stages give them every right to advice their children regarding their future, especially the one related to the career. Therefore it is not adequate to turn the deaf ears towards their advice. No matter howsoever redundant their advice may seem, their advice is something which comes from their heart after a deep thought process and farsightedness as a true concern for the bright future of their children.

However, it doesn’t mean that they are infallible. Or, their predictions will always prove to be right. Most of the times, parents and elders tend to look at the things from the perspective of their own theory which worked for them decades ago when they were of the age of their children. Their career related advice is either framed by the prevalent social status quo (which is mostly designed by what majority is doing) or it is simply the reflection of the decisions which worked for them in their adolescence.

And it is a very well known fact that every individual has his or own different trajectory of a successful life. Our elders and parents might be right from their point of view, but in today’s fast moving time, the aspirations of the children have also tremendously evolved, which is, sometimes, very difficult for the elders to even comprehend. Now-a-days, many people are going into unconventional career fields. Somebody wants to become a full time YouTuber and somebody wants to become a full time writer, leaving aside all those conventional career prospects which are still deeply hardwired in the minds of elderly people.

How many of you think that your parents will happily allow you to opt for such unconventional career prospects and not force and pressurize you to get into a job about which you are not even 1 percent passionate?

There is no denial in saying that the advancement in the technology has narrowed down the generation gap between parents and children, yet this gap is still widely perceptible especially in a country like India, where there is still an invisible yet strong wall between the parents and children which creates a huge variations between what exactly parents deem fit for the future of their children and what exactly the children are capable of and passionate about.

In a nutshell, whenever you are in any such dilemma to decide whether or not you should follow your elders and parents advice related to your future, I think the best way is to take a decision which is the blend of your inner-call and the experience of the elders. No matter whichever decisions we take, we can make it better and more sustainable by assimilating the experience borne wisdom of our parents and elders, which will definitely help us in some way or other. – Arjun Singh Dyarakoti

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