It is difficult sometimes, when there are so many things for you to do. You have a job to hold on to, run your home, catch up on your tax filing, take the kids out on weekends, watch your favourite comedy show late in the nights… your life is just like so full. So where is the time to pursue your dream; forget pursuing, there are many of us who have just dumped it in the back-drawer of memories and just forgotten all about it.
Every once in a while, when you are doing some spring cleaning (mentally), you find that dream – now withered, corners at the edges turned up, the words and visions slowly fading away. You look at it with love, turn it over in your mind and wistfully wonder how your life would have been if you had actually pursued it. And then, the phone rings somewhere, bringing you back to the present. You hurriedly pack away the dream and there it goes – into the back-drawer till the next session of cleaning.
This is what has been happening to my dream of being a writer for the last 20 years. Yes, that is a long time, but well, I am a hoarder and as I mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I hold on to my diaries that I have written over 20 years ago. So my dream sits, carefully packed in my cupboard of life. Till this spring, when I took it out, dusted it off, and decided to actually make it a part of my everyday life.
This blog is a small but earnest attempt at living my dream. It invites me to write more often, get it up and share it with my readers. Sure, the numbers are small yet, but they are growing. With each post I put up, I have 2-3 new bloggers choosing to follow me, a couple of older ones who sweetly stop by and leave a comment or like. To me, that is part of living my dream, to know someone somewhere has read what I have written and expressed.
It makes me happy, to know that while the road may be long and tedious, I am walking towards my dream of being a published author: self-published or otherwise… one post, one page of my story, one poem at a time.
For those of you who are on the same journey as I, let me reassure you, being an artist, a creative person is a lonely walk to the horizon. If you have set up a blog or a website to share your work, keep at it. With all the millions of people surfing the internet every moment, you can be sure, your work will strike a chord with someone somewhere. Hang on to your dream; it will come true. It may take a while, but it will come true.
~ Bharti Athray
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