Last night, Clueless and I were talking about how an abstract should be written for a paper. I said..
Its like the back cover of Nancy Drew. You summarize the plot to attract the reader to buy it. Abstract is the first thing the reader will see. But its different from Nancy Drew in that you give a small spoiler... you results mentioned in a line or two! What compels the reader to go ahead with your paper is to see HOW you got the result and not WHAT the result was!
Then I asked her...
Do you think I should become a professor when I grow up?
Today I was talking to my mom about lunch and I mentioned I might go and grab a burger for lunch. Sorta like drown my stress (not sorrow... I'm not particularly sad. Just stressed.... happily stressed :P :P) in oily fries and a large coke. And she told me to enjoy it while I could. Then I asked her why did she say "while I could". Then she said that later in life people worry about putting on weight and cholestrol and all that sort of stuff. To that I asked her
You think I will have to worry about all that when I grow up?
This got me thinking.... I am technically an adult now because I am above 18. And I don't (and most probably won't) grow anymore in terms of my height or build or whatever. I think this is the height I will be for the rest of my life. Then when will I "grow up"? It seems like such a distant future but at some level, its my present. Makes sense?
Its something like.... when you are a kid, you have these wild fantasies about who you will become when you grow up. But thats perfectly alright... kids are kids... but at what point of time will I become an adult, not in terms of age or physical appearance but in terms of my mind and stop saying "when I grow up"?
Its sorta scary in a way. I am kinda hoping the day when I stop saying the phrase will never come... because its almost like there is nothing more to look forward to... Your life has set and you have.... well.... grown up! For now... the phrase "when I grow up" is very comforting because each time I say that, I know I have some more time on my hands to properly shape my future and decide the direction in which my life will proceed.
Its not the end. Its only the beginning :)
And I can't help but to remember a quote from the movie "Flavors"
Candy- Grow up man!
Vivek- YOU grow up!