‘I Struggled but Overcame’ is the title of a contest organized by our Chennai Bloggers Club (CBC). And here is my entry –
“When life gives you lemons, make Lemonade.”
Yes, True. But not everyone makes a lemonade because they are smart/brave. For many, there is no other option!
People who know me, already know this: Most of my problems are self-inflicted. When I chose to become a ‘Professional Blogger’ before around six years, I had no idea what I was getting into. I thought I had savings for 3 years, but I exhausted that money in less than 2 years. My blogging income was not sufficient, back then.
It was a friend who suggested freelance writing to supplement my blog income and that was a life saver. If not for that, I wouldn’t have seen the day when the income from my blogs finally picked up.
Today, after almost six years, I can proudly say that I manage all my expenses and can still afford to buy things like the below through my writing/online publishing income –
Me with my new Bajaj Avenger 150 Street Cruiser bike 🙂
This is actually not a big deal when compared to the houses and cars that my batch-mates and former colleagues routinely buy. But when you consider the challenge I was up against to achieve even this, I guess it’s not that bad an achievement.
Read: பாதி கிணறு தாண்டியாச்சி. மீதி தாண்டி தானே ஆகணும்! பின்னாடி போனாலும் ஆப்பு தான். முன்னாடி போனாலும் ஆப்பு தான். முன்னாடியே போவோம் 😛
I hope one day I will be able to create immense value to the society. Online publishing is the path I chose for it. So far, if not happy, at least I am satisfied with my journey. And I have seen some success. I hope God shows me the best path forward, in the future too.
I have no clue what the future holds for me – but I am not the kind to sail on smooth waters. That makes my life slightly more interesting 😉
This doesn’t mean that I advocate alternate/unconventional careers for everyone. What I am doing suits my personality and was the best thing to do given my circumstances. Each person is unique and they should decide for themselves. Every career has its advantages and limitations.
We at CBC will shortly be releasing an Anthology based on the recent Chennai Floods (Fiction). My story is also included in it. Here is the book trailer: