Being Mediocre


We all have grown up listening to the assertion by our seniors that we are living in an imperfect world along with imperfect people dealing with imperfect circumstances striving to achieve perfection for a better tomorrow. The strange thing that I find here is that we are aiming to make this planet a better place to live for our future generation but considering the cut throat competition in every field or domain in the current scenario, it can be easily predicted that situations would get even tougher for a person to survive along with his collaborators. The parameter of success of a person is not defined by his previous achievements but how much more he has achieved as compared to his companions. In this competitive world, no one should forget this basic thumb rule of success that there can be only one winner in a race. The winner would definitely be getting all the rewards and laurel for his achievement and his next step would be to sustain the tag of the winner. On the other hand, the person who came last might just realize that he should rather focus on something else as this might just not be his cup of tea. But has anybody wondered what path should a person follow who is not belonging to any of the two categories. What about the one who is a mediocre?

Competition will continue to be present everywhere taking into account the ever increasing population of this globe and it is going to become tougher in the coming times. People from smaller towns continue to move to metropolitan cities to look for better opportunities and the metropolitan guys would move to abroad looking for even better opportunities. Millions of students appear for engineering & management entrance examinations every year, thousands of people are appearing for job interviews every day and not to forget about those who are applying for foreign visa to work and settle in abroad to lead a better life.  No one is denying about the opportunities not being available but the harsh truth is that these are limited in number and not everyone can enjoy the fruit of the available opportunity. Those who miss out on the opportunity from a distance may rather come with a belief to try their hands into something else which they could be capable of. But this discussion is about those who may miss out because of certain points. They might feel about giving it another try and secure a comfortable position the next time. But what if even after repetitive efforts the goal which they are looking for appears to be a distant dream. There is a possibility that after gaining certain experience the position gets improved for a person but still it may be not good enough to be tagged as winner.  But the point is what should be the future course of action for this person. Should he continue to make efforts hoping that things may get better the next time? Should he just quit and look for something where his true capability lies? Or should he be satisfied with what he has achieved so far and accept the fact that he is nothing but a mediocre who is probably not just good enough .

In our society, mediocre is considered to be a negative word which everyone wants to run away from. But probably it is also a word which everyone wants to impose on every other person except themselves. Nobody wants to be or aims to be a mediocre. Everyone wants to achieve high level of perfection in the work that they perform, in their personality and in their attitude. Who doesn’t love to be on the winning side but what if one is not destined to achieve success through the road map one has opted for himself. What if somebody is not running on the ‘Right Track‘. It could be personal disbelief or it could be the peer pressure that won’t let someone to come out of the state of not being good enough. One may quote million examples of business leaders, sports persons & achievers or witness hundreds of motivational videos regarding how to take inspiration from these people and follow their actions in our life. But I doubt if anyone would raise any objection to the point that the actual reason for their success could either be that they followed their own passion or they were simply good enough for their achievement. Being worthy is an important aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked as even after putting all your energies you might just fail to lift the Thor’s hammer if you are not worth it.

But before that everyone starts calling me a negative bastard, let me make this confession that the true purpose of writing this blog was to celebrate mediocrity. A winner might fight with the rest of the world to achieve desired level of success but a mediocre fights with himself to continue making efforts irrespective of the outcomes. A mediocre is one who keeps aside his personal interests and rather take into account the requirements of the people around him and adjust his life’s objective by making a trade off. Though he has to bear everyday thrashing by his boss for not completing the assigned tasks upto the mark. He also has to listen to the continuous criticism by his family members and the society for not being proactive. But the truth is that without getting discouraged or demotivated, he continues to lead a happy life and strive to make a better future for the people around him without falling short of making efforts from his side. There has been a lot of stuff written about winners in the form of stories and poems but why cannot we try to appreciate ordinary people around us. After all, it takes a special and a huge heart to be a mediocre.

P.S. Even I am a mediocre writer 🙂

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