Born into a highly talented, creative and artistic family, I always considered myself a misfit whose handwriting was pathetic and who could never draw a single straight line, leave alone landscapes, portraits or fashion designs. In addition, I sucked at any sport you could name and got the worst grades in ENGLISH! My future to me seemed extremely bleak in those days and I had quite honestly resigned myself to live a life in the shadows of my extremely talented present and future family (if there was to be any).
Since those days, I gave up trying my hand at any sport, never bought a pack of colors or brushes, and tried to make myself happy juggling with numbers (maths) instead of words. As my daughter grew, all the past life nightmares slowly entered back into my life. There were colors all over the place, all sort of sports paraphernalia in the home, in all imaginable shapes and sizes and “I” still an alien amidst all of them.
One school project after another, forced me to give up my fears and discover how to use brushes, paints and chart papers. And to my wonderful surprise, I was quite decent in putting them together. At least I can proudly say, I was not amongst the worst out there. Similarly, one office assignment after another, and I developed a flair for writing. A little bit of encouragement from friends and colleagues and now I can even dream of becoming a successful writer one day.
The point of this blog is – Life has a slow and surprising way of growing onto us. What we thought impossible to achieve one day, becomes possible one day, without us even knowing about it. I don’t know how it happens, but I just know it does. All we need to do is keep hoping and keep trying. In the process, sometimes our worst nightmares become our biggest dreams (writing for instance, for me).
It is completely OK if we continue to suck at some things still (sports in my case). There will be a day when we won’t, and if we still haven’t gotten to them, then I would think that it is not the end of life as yet “picture abhi baaki hai mere dost”. 🙂