Later in the years, when I realized that life is a rat race, I made a decision to drop out of this race. But the transition had to be gradual---as lots of people depend on you as you grow older, and especially so if you get married. So, another life milestone was set to 30 years of age---the time when I should stop worrying about day to day issues, and start looking at life in a broader perspective---a time when I should stop worrying about survival and start thinking about "leaving an impact on the world around me."
And here I am, at 30, still not too far away from where I started. I may have made all the wrong decisions (wrong in terms of doing weird things with career and life) but let the form not deceive you. The actions of a jaywalker might appear wrong but if there is a reason for jaywalking, the whole world should stop and let the jaywalker cross the road.
Things I rejoice about the last 5 years are:
- I finished my Masters from Sweden in 2005
- I worked for a year in Dubai in 2006---I experienced what being in presales meant, and I also successfully closed a completely disastrous project---the project was kind of a nightmare which I survived.
- I visited several Middle Eatern countries in 2006.
- I later learned driving, and bought my frst car in 2007.
- I got married in 2007.
- I visited Malaysia in 2008, and loved this country; if there is one place where I would like to spend my post-retirement life, it's Malaysia.
- I was blessed with a daughter in 2009. I named her Sakina Ali.
- I perfomed Hajj in 2009 along with my parents.
And finally, it might not be obvious but I have a plan. As they say about Noah Bennet in Heroes, "you are supposed to be the man with a plan."
So, here is a formal announcement of the transition from "the jaywalker" to "the pied piper." Follow me.