Which corner is yours?

I went to check out a playschool for N. They have a free play session in the school every day.

The free play is in a room – there are “corners” in the room. A corner for music ( drums, bells, chimes, piano..), for scribbling, writing, a corner for games ( tumbling about), a corner for colors and painting, and a corner for rhymes and dancing. Kids go to the corner where they want to. No teacher tells them where to go.

Strangely, I’m like a kid in that room.

There is the corner of the corporate world, the world of meetings and deadlines and projects and schedules, colleagues and teams, morale events and product launches. I see orderliness, predictability here – people dressed in formals, doing their job. Except for a few, I see people who are called successful, but seem to be by and large filled with self doubt. I just moved away from that corner.

Then there is the corner of the freelancers. The corner of writing, singing, dancing, acting, travelling. I feel myself moving towards this corner. I see people who are content with who they are – but people struggling for money or recognition. This corner is volatile  and unpredictable. But not as much as the next.

The next is the corner of the entrepreneur. This one is very hectic. Networking, funding, VCs, business plans, ideas, energy. This is a fast corner, and I see energetic youthful faces here, with hope and ideas and dreams. People who can dream big – and have the will to move towards that. This corner is so full of excitement!

Then there is the do-nothing corner. This is a listless, move from day to day, no thoughts or ideas or actions corner. Certainly one to be stayed far away from. It entices one with lots of comfort – I see people splayed over cushions watching soap operas. Run!

RIght now, I am at the freelancers. Its good to have some control over my daily life, and what I want to do. It is difficult to stay disciplined – remember the do-nothing corner? It is easy to slip into that one. The entrepreneur’s corner is a possibility in the future – and the time in the freelancers corner allows me to think about that.

Loving being able to choose, without the teacher directing me on what to do!


8 thoughts on “Which corner is yours?

  1. kausiki November 6, 2008 / 5:48 am

    a tiny bit of space in the 2nd or 3rd corner wud do…….

  2. kausiki November 6, 2008 / 5:49 am

    bhaal likhiso.

  3. lostonthestreet November 6, 2008 / 10:11 am

    and i protest at the way you have tainted all of us at the do-nothing corner.Some of us there have taken it to a higher art of doing nothing.

  4. sid November 6, 2008 / 10:25 am

    very well written post Ba..thoroughly enjoyed reading it…guess the first corner is getting too crowded for people in our sector and we are being forcefully pushed to the third corner 🙂

  5. BD November 6, 2008 / 12:12 pm

    Great post, this is the kind we are looking for from you.

    I do want to tell you that the free lancers – the ones you categorize as travellers, musicians etc. are perhaps the most uncontented people on earth. The reason they go for these pursuits inspite of our seemingly orderlerly stable lives with cosy jobs, and warm friends around is that they are just not happy with mediocrity and being a face in the crowd. At least I would like to think so 🙂

    Good post all the same.

  6. Ajay November 6, 2008 / 6:14 pm

    Nice post, K. What does Kopili mean? And do you think it’s possible to be in multiple corners at some stage in your life? e.g. An artist who has a day job to pay the bills and is doing nothing there? (only half-joking)

  7. Space Bar November 6, 2008 / 8:16 pm

    so this is where you are these days!

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