I want to renounce the world

Sep 10, 2012, 06:14 IST | Dear Diana

Dear Diana, I am a 22-year-old CA student but, of late, I've lost interest in life. In fact, I'm preparing towards living an ascetic's life.

I do not find any interest in doing things like other guys my age do like watching movies or shopping and I don’t have any friends too. I neither find my part-time job interesting nor challenging. I am not able to concentrate on my studies either. I don’t feel bad when my dad shouts at me for my negligence. I’m ruining my career and education but I don’t care. I wish to renounce the world and move to the Himalayas.
— Shantanu

Illustration/ Satish Acharya

Dear Shantanu,
Going to the Himalayas and soaking in the natural sights may sound a super idea to get away from your daily routine. But my dear you are only 22 and after a week or two you will miss city life. The thought of renouncing the world has arisen because you don’t want to study. If you think you are not cut out for CA, leave it. There are so many people out there who have changed career paths mid-way only to be in a happy place in life. I suggest take a holiday to the Himalayas first. Try and stay there for a fortnight. I am sure you will have a different vision of leading an ascetic life when you come back. Remember it takes a great deal of fortitude and perseverance to give up everything in life. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Try it for two weeks first and then decide. 

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