Don’t Show Me the Money: What It Takes To Be an Unambitious Person

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Don’t Show Me the Money: What It Takes To Be an Unambitious Person

Illustration: Shreyaa Krritika Das

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ou can grow up to be anything you want to be, they tell you. Anything at all, that is, except unambitious. I know this, because not too long ago, I had the unfortunate distinction of finding myself staring my 30th birthday, and this illuminating realisation, in the face, simultaneously. Life, as I knew it, was over, in that terrifying, yet clarifying moment. What do you do when you’re forced to delete the one descriptor that’s been a constant in your life?

You pack a bag, book a flight to Goa (now that you think about it, even your #travelgoals are perfectly mediocre) and spend a fortnight trying out this new identity for size. At first, it feels alien and uncomfortable, like a too-tight bra that wants to crush your rib cage and coil its murderous underwire around your heart. But you wrestle and pull, until one day, when you strap it on, miraculously, it hugs the curve of your bosom with the familiarity of a lover.

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