There are two kinds of people in this world. The ones who know the purpose of their existence in this world the day they are born, and the ones who keep struggling to find the answer to this question all their lives.
Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I happen to be in the latter category. It did not take me very long to figure out this reality, which started to have an impact on my life choices pretty early on. In addition to being lost, I also suffered from the illnesses of being indecisive and confused about anything and everything. The nature of the decisions I struggled to take varied from picking the flavor of lollipop I wanted to have as a kid, to the subjects I wanted to study, to the profession I wanted to get into after completing my education. I just had a hard time in finding the answer to the one very basic question in all these phases of my life; what did I want?
Suffering from this curse of not knowing made me experiment in many different and unrelated fields, which helped me in acquiring a diverse skillset, so in a way this curse served as a blessing in disguise. In my O levels I decided to study Science subjects, but later developed an interest in the field of Economics/Business and signed up for Business majors in A levels, after that I felt like taking my luck with Finance and opted for it in my MBA program. I never faced any problems in scoring good grades in whatever field of study I chose to experiment with, and received various medals and scholarships throughout my educational life.
Due to my good grades and being on the Dean’s honor list throughout my Bachelors and Masters degrees, I was able to find a job before even graduating from the university. The finance major landed me in my first job as a Financial Analyst in a Financial Advisory company. Initially, I had a wonderful time in this role as it offered a lot of learning opportunities and challenges. Most importantly I enjoyed the financial freedom it gave me. But soon things started becoming monotonous and boring; the feeling of trying something new in life started surfacing again. One day I decided to listen to my heart and take action on my intuitions, and so began the journey of hopping from job to job in various unrelated industries and job roles. Some of the industries that I worked in during my corporate career include Investment banking, Telecommunication, Education, Not-for-profit, and the Fashion industry.
During this period of experimentation and self-discovery, the only thing that helped me maintain my sanity was traveling. Whenever I got tired from the usual routine and madness of the corporate culture, I decided to take a break from the city and went on a trip to find refuge in the mountains. Exploring the nature and interacting with people from different cultures always helped in finding a new perspective and direction in life every time I got back from a vacation. This habit of running away from my worldly responsibilities to hide in the mountains became a hobby, and with the passage of time turned into a passion. The frequency of these breaks constantly kept increasing with time. So much so, that they started causing problems in my daily life, as it became difficult to manage my work responsibilities and be able to get leaves from the jobs so frequently.
One day, I finally decided to take the plunge of breaking free from the chains of corporate slavery, and left my full time job once and for all to turn my passion into a career. This led to the formation of “The Mad Hatters”; a travel platform for all the wandering souls. It provides travel opportunities along with the company of some like-minded people, to individuals who like to take refuge in nature for getting through the atrocities of life. Looks like after all these years, I have finally found my calling!