I’ve always loved writing and reading. In my early childhood, I was speaking in other languages from my parents heritage and not English. I only got introduced to this wonderful language – English when I went to kindergarten. As though I found my soul mate, I felt in love with English at first listen. I loved reading all the English books that my parents bought and I still keep today. In school, I would read as many English books from my school library as I could find. I would write stories without realizing how many pages on the note books it had taken. When blogging frenzy hit the world, I thought of starting one but shrugged the idea off due to other commitments (like focusing on my engineering course). The thought popped up from time to time but I did not take it seriously. I have to say that I have a tiny regret that I did not start earlier.
Years passed and I entered the corporate working world. When this happened, I wasn’t motivated enough to pick up the pen again due to the workload of my 9-5 job. I did not have much time to get into leisure hobbies but thankfully I had time for gym which became a form of stress relief coupled with my love for music and TV shows. I love watching TV as I have a knack of knowing what the storyline’s going to be or how it will end and quite often I will sit there be amazed with how well the writer wrote the screenplay. I would even go Google what other shows this writer wrote for. Again, I just left it at being amazed at other people’s work.
Fast forward, I got married to my amazing best friend and have 2 amazing children. I still have not started a blog. It wasn’t until I lost my job due to an economic downturn in my industry that spurred a huge life change. My husband and I decided to pack all our stuffs and cross the ocean to the land down under. We moved to the most isolated city in the world – Perth, Western Australia. Here, we started embracing the simple and slow living lifestyle. I started reading more books and blogs in my free time. The more I read, the more my gut feeling told me to write. So out of the humble adventure of a slower pace of life and inspiration from bloggers I look up to, I took the leap to start a blog. And I hope I will keep going.
If you have been thinking to start a blog but felt that something is holding you back, maybe my story might help you take the leap. Here I’ve outlined what was holding me back.
I allowed my 9-5 job to decide my life
Being brought up with white collar and Asian culture roots, we are taught that it is important to get a Degree in order to land a good and well payed job. Then when we have landed that job, we have to work very, very hard to be the best employee. Hence, it is no surprise that my 9-5 job became my main focus. Even then my heart knew that my 9-5 job was not fulfilling, the stress level hid my creativity which led me to feel something was missing. I couldn’t escape it because I needed to keep working to have income and it was the only way and normal thing I knew to be successful in life.
Fast forward lesson learn here: I only needed to allow myself the time and permission to TRY.
I was procrastinating
When I saw how other bloggers present their blogs so beautiful and professionally, I thought that I must have the tools to edit my photos well. I thought I must first learn the technicality of running a blog. I thought I must first have proper content planned out before I can start. The flipside to this, when I started writing, the ideas just came flowing. So what actually happened? I unconsciously closed the door to this writing world and locked the door. I then misplaced the key for many, many years. When I finally found it and found my way to the closed door I realised I could have achieved this writing freedom so much earlier if only I hadn’t procrastinated in the first place.
Fast forward, lesson learned: Do not procrastinate, you will learn and gain knowledge only when you start doing.
I was overthinking
I was not confident that writing was my thing even though I used to write well. My excuse was “I don’t know what to write about”. I kept thinking, what if no one reads my blog? What if no one finds what I wrote interesting? What if no one cares? The thing is, in whatever passion or interest you have, it is important to give it a try and then give it some time before deciding if it is not for you. Giving it a chance and trying are the keywords. Without these, I simply don’t have the evidence that I will enjoy this interest, that it will make a difference to my life, that someone will enjoy my blog.
Fast forward, lesson learned: Until you give your interest a try and a chance to be out there, you will only be burying your interest down under.
I don’t have enough time
The fact is everyone has 24 hours, not more not less. The only difference is how you manage your time. I watched a video where an interviewer was interviewing Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.
In the video, Bill Gates was saying that Warren Buffet has shown him his calendar. Before that, Bill has always thought that by having every minute of his day packed is the only way he could do things.
Warren handed his little book to the interviewer to examine. The interviewer then flipped the pages and said “there’s nothing on it” in which Warren responded with “absolutely”. The interviewer then found there was only 3 entry for a week in April. Gates said that Warren taught him the importance of giving himself time to think and said “you control your time”. Warren then emphasized that it’s the only thing that he can’t buy when he basically can buy anything he wants.
“ I better be careful with it. There is no way I will be able to buy more time ”Warren Buffet
If you are interested on watching the video, here’s the link to the video.
This struck me hard because what Warren Buffet said is absolutely right and every time I have this thought that “I don’t have enough time” or “I wish I have more time”, I am reminded of this video. So I decided to manage my time better. Prioritise what’s urgent and not urgent.
Fast forward, lesson learned: Everyone has 24 hours.
So what’s holding you back? Do the above resonate with you? If you’ve already started, what is your biggest takeaway? Let me know in the comments below. Last but not least, I hope the above lesson learned might provide you with some insights to start something that you have always wanted to try. 🙂
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