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Anna Elizabeth Biju
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  • 09-05-2022
The First One
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The First One

 

ME WHILE WRITING THIS.

I have been toying with the idea of starting a “blog” for some time now. I never really considered myself to be a content creator. I don’t think I ever will either. While wondering what should be the key area of focus, well…let’s say I had quite a few in mind. A few meaning, A LooooooooT!!!

I then started researching , reading up the various blogs of my favourite content creators, watching YouTube videos on how to “Successfully write a blog “, asked my closest friends whether this was a good idea, announced to my parents and siblings that I have decided to start one; thinking that after a few years I could successfully become financially independent from them in no time , Searched and searched and searched for that perfect niche, that perfect domain, that perfect topic that I am supposed to write for MONTHS and got..nothing. (Meh!)

I ended up getting more confused than ever and suddenly everyone I knew had blogs- not just any blogs, REALLY REALLY good ones. So I eventually gave up and I even told my best friend the same.

Left it there. Never looked back. Although I didn’t quite delete a few bookmarked pages about creating a blog. Today, when I was randomly going through my mail, in an attempt to procrastinate from doing any work and by any work I mean studying, a newsletter caught my eye and then one thing led to another and soon I was in medium.

I started reading various articles and, on an impulse, decided to just write something and publish it here. Note the word something.

Ali Abdaal ,the famous productivity guru (I don’t know in which YouTube video of his) talks about the importance of just putting yourself out there. Harry Potter in the book “Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix” tells the members of the D.A, that everyone was once a student. Angela Duckworth in her book “Girt: the Power of Passion and Perseverance”, talks about how geniuses or experts in their respective fields are made through countless hours of deliberate practise.

 

 

When I started writing the same article that you are reading right now, I remembered the sole reason of why I love writing in the first place. I loved and still love writing because it helped me and still helps me stay sane.

The pressure that I put on me subconsciously to get that perfect thing, no matter what I do, is something that has been a work in progress for some time now for me (among many other things). And then I realized that almost everyone around me does this pretty often (again, most of the time subconsciously).

 We, as human beings, try (at least I know I do) to be perfect in every single thing we do.

 But actually, as Ali explains precisely in his video, no one cares. Literally no one does.

The only one you should compare yourself to is you. Your mission is to become better today than you were yesterday — John C.Maxwell.

I know this essay is not a masterpiece and I CERTAINLY KNOW it’s far from being perfect. But, in the process of making it perfect I realised I lost track of how much I love writing. And the last year I would have been petrified to put my writing out into the world, where people whom I had no idea about would read ‘em. But I decided to do it anyway this year.

 

 

See, I am not trying to show that I am a good role model. I KNOW I AM NOT. I KNOW THAT FOR SURE. I am WAY FAR from that, what I am instead trying to say is that we are all human beings, PERFECTLY IMPERFECT ONES.

We can only learn by making mistakes. Just think about that time you first learned to do something that you are now an expert in. Was it easy? Definitely not. Was it worth it? DEFINITELY YES!

So, now whenever you think of doing something, just do it. We can’t please everyone. Even if we do reach that “perfect” level of doing things, someone will always be there, trying to find some sort of fault in whatever it is that we did.

So, as Nike says” JUST DO IT”.

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