Today I complete eight years of writing this blog. It blows my mind, because I still distinctly remember the exact space and time when I wrote my first post. Where I was, what I was thinking, what time of the day it was - It was in the middle of the day and practically wrote it on-a-whim and published it without thinking twice. I had zero readers then.
And now, I can't believe I have been doing this for soo long and actually make a living doing it. If I try and view my life as a third person it doesn't even feel real. This doesn't seem like my life (in a good way). This wasn't the path I had chosen for myself, and today I don't even remember what path was it that I had intended to take in the first place.
That's how I have lived most of my life though. On-a-whim. An idea pop up into my head and I just run with it. I rarely think about the 'what if' and nor am I scared of failing. I just go for it. For as far as I can remember, it has turned out just fine. For the most part at least.
I wouldn't change a thing. Not a single thing. I like everything exactly the way it is. I like where I live. I like what I do. I love the body I am in. I love my partner-in-crime (husband). And most importantly I love myself. Now most people back home (India) would tell me not say these things out loud because I might jinx it (nazar lag jayegi) but I am not scared of that. Of course, things will change. Some might not even be in my favor and might rock my boat. They sure will bring a tsunami of emotions. But something that I have learnt in the last decade is that - I will survive. I will adapt. I am rather good at it. Adapting, that is!
The other thing I am good at is telling stories and sharing my thoughts through writing. I am so grateful to have found 'my tribe' through this blog. I had gone through most of my childhood and teenage life, feeling like a misfit. Someone who never quite belonged anywhere. I never understood why people didn't "get" me? I never knew why my thoughts were so different from people around me. And had it not been for blogging I would have continued to feel that way all throughout my life. And what a pity that would have been.
So even though this is not a big landmark year (like a 5th or 10th!) I am pretty psyched that I have stuck around for this long and still enjoy blogging as much as I did on this exact day, eight years go.
Thanks for sticking around with me!