In the generation that I was born in, there were only two careers that were considered respectable - Engineer or Doctor. It was considered unimaginable to choose any other career option - especially for the middle class. I was a good student but not very keen on studies. I never aspired to be top of the class, I scored my first class and was happy with that(I am not boasting, even then anything less than 80-90% was considered disgraceful). Thankfully, I was brought up by parents who didn't give any importance to marks that I scored as long as I didn't fail. My father himself is a very unconventional man who had got admission into IIT but chose to join the army. He taught me to think intelligently and logically. Everyone around me used to ask me only one thing - doctor banogi ya engineer? But my heart and mind was elsewhere - I wanted to be a journalist. I didn't become a journalist but am in the media field, so am happy. Even with my parents' broad mind, when it came to choosing my stream after finishing my tenth standard, my mother was dead against me taking Arts. She wanted me to take Commerce as she didn't feel Arts had as much scope as Commerce. My counsellor at school told my mother that I had an aptitude for both Arts and Commerce. So, she was hell bent on convincing me to take Commerce. I was as adamant that I would take Arts as English, History and Political Science were my favourite subjects. Eventually, I succeeded and got to take Arts. I sincerely feel that my generation was far more rebellious than today's generation. They are scared of following dreams, taking risks, they prefer following the conventional path, even though today people are far more open minded and accepting. Unless you are following your true dream or passion, you can never be truly happy. People count in success in how big your car is how big your house is, what your bank balance is. Success is much more that. Success is getting up every morning, feeling excited about your day ahead, putting your 100% into your work, doing work that makes you feel worthy and confident. This can only happen if you are truly following your dream. So, don't be scared of taking risks. Life only happens once, you should live it to the fullest. To me, success has a very personal connotation. I don't know how many of you will relate to this emotion of mine to success. To me, success is when my nieces ask me for something and I never have to refuse them due to shortage of cash. I can fulfill their wishes and desires without worrying.