Nothing is certain in life!! Where you will go, what you will eat, what you will do, whom you will meet, whether you live next moment or die!! In such an uncertain and unclear scenario how you gonna decide what will you do? How will you shape your life and what will be the outcome?? But still we think, foresee our future, plan it accordingly and try living a happy life.
11 years back I started planning my future. Working towards my career, my aspirations, my goals. I wanted to be a Biotechnologist, do research, publish papers and come out with some hidden scientific truths. It was my dream, which I wanted to achieve anyhow. I first finished my graduation and then post graduation with bright grades. And immediately, like after 4-5 months, I started off with my PhD programme. It has been a lengthy, harsh and rutted journey since then. Till my college I was a happy-go, perky student, always ready to learn, absorb and acquire. My teachers used to value and love me a lot. I had zero worries in life except studying and scoring good marks :-P. But I got this mammoth reality check during my PhD days, when I was a Junior Research Fellow. Nobody cared about what you knew, how brainy you are or what skills you got. Everyone considered himself master of everything, which was even funny at times. People were so different here. Some were good and helpful and affectionate, while some were utterly mean and selfish and inhuman. New subject (I was specializing in Toxicology), new lab, new environment, new colleagues and new challenges. Everything was just new and different, from what I have experienced before!! But this was the place, which made me what I am today. Stronger, bolder, braver and lot more confident and knowledgeable. Slowly I started acclimatizing, learning and growing, as a human, as a researcher and as a student. I spent 6 long years to reach where I wanted to and believe me, the journey was like a ship stuck in the middle of violent ocean. Rolling and pitching all the time. I was resolute, to never back out, but still came moments when I wanted to leave. Moments came when I cried and was hard on myself, when I worked day and night without break, when I had to be silent, even after knowing that I am not wrong, when I had to face criticism and dirty politics, when I was not given what I deserved and for what I worked my ass off. But one thing, which never happened, was ‘letting go of willpower.’ It never bothered me how the road was; I was hell-bent on reaching my destination. And I did that!! I never wanted to prove myself a failure by backing out and I did that. Not only I won myself the title ‘Dr. Rupal’, publications and praises, but also the inner proud and happiness and satisfaction. At last I was happy that the journey I started 11 years back, has been fruitfully completed.
And now another destination awaits me!! ‘The World of Blogging.’ I had this passion for writing and sharing my experiences with people, which I guess I was not aware of. Although I still remember, as a kid I used to participate in several essay and poem writing contests and used to win trophies and medals. But guess, I never gave this passion of mine enough vent to come out. I was always busy with my studies, career and research. Even when during my PhD I used to write scientific papers and reviews with such precision and balance and concentration, I never knew what was in store for me!! As I said earlier, nothing is certain in life!!
I started this blog as a creative outlet for some of my interests, like for art, pretty things, photography, cooking, traveling, nature, love and relationships. Somewhere along the way in this blogging journey, I’ve found out that many of you are like me with education, expertise and career in science and maths, but passion and interests outside subjects. This sometimes seem to be like they don’t fit in. I realized my blog could be a place to show that these can fit, and that you can do it. That you can dream bigger and make those dreams become a reality.
You don’t know what abilities you have unless you explore them. I just casually started hobby blogging one day, scripted what came to my mind, shared it with you all and was surprised by the response I got. From that day I never looked back. I kept writing and still going on. This old passion of mine came back to me after ages. I fell in love with the feeling when somebody reads my blog, relate to it and appreciate.
Although it’s been just a year, I am sure I will write for years to come. Infact not just write, but write something that will be of help, to me, to you and everyone else looking for some glow, some spark and passion!!