The idea of writing a blog struck me while was on a weekend trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2008. It was my first snowfall ever. Writing a blog sounded cool to me, but I had no idea then where to start and what to write about.
It was too early as I was in my early 20’s. Life was cool, and I had to work on my writing skills. So, I decided to sleep on this idea. There were many instances when my inner writer whispered “let’s start writing.” But my practical self was too busy making plans, traveling and, most importantly, partying. The battle between my inner writer and my practical self kept on going for almost seven years. Life unfolded, plan A failed many times and plan B failed too sometimes. I moved from one country to another, made multiple cities my home, took a career break, earned a business degree, switched three jobs and experimented a ton of new ideas, some by choice and some accidentally. As I am sipping my morning coffee today, I have a sense of accomplishment that I survived one hell of a ride (will cover this in my future posts) and that I wrote my first post. I think the saying “nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come” is true.
What pushed me to the tipping point? I attended an alumni meet last month where I talked to this lady who had had a long career in journalism and is now a freelance writer. It was her passionately written columns on a variety of topics that awakened my inner writer once for all. “What I should write about?” was still a question.
The answer had to be something I was passionate about: traveling, connecting with people and exploring the world. More I travel more I love the idea of waking up in a new city and having coffee with people I never met before. Every country, city or town I visit helps me understand this world better. It has been an incredible experience crossing paths with so many people from all walks of life and every part of the globe. I hear stories from these common yet inspiring people, enhancing my knowledge about the world we live in. The ideas that I get from other travelers help me pick places I want to travel next.
Each trip I took turned out to be a story that I want to share with others. I think a blog is a great way to connect with people and share travel experiences, transformation stories and inspiring ideas. So, connect with me and make it more interesting.