Questions to Keep You Awake at Night

Indrani Perera
2 min readAug 1, 2020

I have a question for you.

Actually I have a few questions for you but we’ll start with just one.

When you were little and someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up did you ever say:

“I want to work nine hours a day in an air conditioned office staring at a computer screen and then catch public transport home with my nose wedged in someone else’s arm pit? Once I get home and eat my take-away dinner, I’ll spend the rest of the evening watching tv to unwind or catching up on the news on my phone.”

I’m betting the answer is a hell no!

Now I want you to answer this question.

How do you spend your days?


When I ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, it’s hard to get them to stop talking. The sheer number of things they want to do and be is incredible and inspiring. There are no limits to their talents, abilities or imagination. They can see and be it all.

What happens to those children when they grow up?


There is a huge disconnect between the future we imagined for our adult selves and the reality.

I know for my own children, part of the hurry to grow up is to be able to have the power to make decisions for themselves and control their fate and destinies.

So what happens when we grow up? Why don’t we take responsibility for our lives?

Why don’t we reach for the future we imagined for ourselves?

Imagine what the world would be like if we all reached for that amazing future we dreamed of as kids. The one filled with chocolate for breakfast, staying up as late as we want and doing things because they are fun.

Seriously, how would your life change if you did the things that brought you joy?

So my final question is this:

Why are you settling for less than your dreams?



Indrani Perera

Indrani Perera is a poet, publisher of the Pocketry Almanack ( and a maker of useful things (