People always ask me: Do you think it’s still time to open a blog today? And I always respond yes, yes it’s time, however, you do it. Because you never know what can happen when you give yourself a channel to express yourself.
I decided to test the waters by setting up a blog. I wish I could tell you that it was empowering from that very first moment Asklychee.com went live as if the writing gods had descended from the sky and transformed me into the woman I had been meant to be all along. In reality, it felt more like one of those dreams in which you find yourself walking through your secondary school hallway butt naked while everyone you know points and stares.
For days, I was plagued by doubt – was I really going to go against everything society has taught, and start airing my honest thoughts in front of my Facebook friends? What if my mum decided to read it? What if my employer found out? And, reputation sabotage aside, was I ready for the consequences this could have on my life?
Somehow, I survived. In fact, it turned out that nobody cared much about what I was doing on the Internet, which meant that I really had to step up my writing to capture their attention. Suddenly, the worst of my misadventures were no longer a cause for embarrassment but, rather, an excellent source of content.
This is the part where I am supposed to say that I am now a different woman, a superbly confident one, perhaps. Alas, inherent self-assurance is simply not in my DNA. To this day I am my own worst promoter who starts awkwardly grinning every time somebody mentions that I write about ‘real stuff’. And yet, I would be lying if I told you that writing hasn’t changed my life in every way. I have new friends in different time zones (every reader is a friend in my book) and have met some incredible people – hey Salma!! 🙂
I have a healthier perspective and a new way of taking life’s tribulations a lot less seriously. Most importantly, I have an outlet for channelling the very thing I loved so much since I was a little kid – connecting with people and bringing them a moment of storytelling. And the joy I derive from that is what makes everything else fade in the background. As I have learned, jobs come and go, but your passion – yes, I will risk using that exhausted word here – stays with you for life. You owe it to yourself to nurture it. Honestly.
I just wanted to remind myself of this, this week.
I pray that everyone reaches everything that God wants for them.
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