Hi !! This is my first post !! Yayy !! Ideally the first post should be a food post but I had so much going on in my head that I decided I will just talk. Yes, what do you do when you meet someone for the first time? You talk about yourself and you try to know them, right? I am just going to talk, talk and talk. Please drop in a message as I would love to know you too !!
I have lost count as to how many times I must have logged in to my account in the last 15 days staring at the laptop screen thinking what to write in my first post. I would stare, think, stare and log out postponing the work for the next day. So one fine day, a friend who knows about this blog asked me if I am ever going to start working on it. That is when I said to myself, “Enough of delaying the work and just start”. I wrote ONE line. Fast forward to three days, I wrote the SECOND line. Did you just expect me to finish the post that day itself? Oh my god! Are you going to just hate me for being so lazy?? Or are you going to give me a Hi-Five ?? Oh come on !! Give me a hi-five, it is absolutely normal to be lazy !! So now are you wondering, if I took so long to write one post, how long must it have taken to sign up for the blog? Smart you are !! If it wasn’t for the innumerous doubts I had in my head about starting the blog, I would have started it like 3 years back.
So how did I finally find the courage to sign up for a blog? Can you picture me standing at the edge of a swimming pool, with my heart pounding, hands trembling, sweating profusely, hesitating to jump and out of nowhere this person comes and pushes you, “SPLOSHHHHH” !! I gasp for air, struggle with my hands and feet to swim, finally after a few seconds I reach the surface and relieved that I am alive. Fear does that to you. The fear of failing stops you from taking that one step. That is exactly what happened with me. Had it not been for this one friend, I would not have been posting this today.
When I started posting pictures of my food on Instagram, many of my friends asked me to start a blog. Repeatedly reminded me!! And I would just stand there at the edge with all the doubts and fear in my head. One day, this friend messages me to check my mail and what do I find?! SURPRISE !! The message read, “Congratulations, Your domain is ready “!! I stared at the screen open mouthed like forever. I re-read it just to be sure you know. The next moment I was jumping like a monkey, all excited and not able to believe what had just happened. I was ecstatic ! You might be wondering why all the excitement? Its just a blog after all.
For me, it is not just a blog. It is THAT push which was needed to remove the fear of drowning. To realize that life cannot be lived in fear, you cannot let fear control your actions. You must not fear to drown instead you must learn to swim ! And sometimes you don’t understand it unless you are pushed. Pushed with so much faith, belief and love that you begin to see things with more clarity. When someone shows so much of confidence in you, you start letting go of the fear and start believing in yourself. And so it is not JUST a blog for me !! It is very special because it has helped me evolve to be a brave version of me. I know I will fall, stumble but I will always pick myself up. Wait, are you drowsy?? I hope the philosopher within me did not put you to sleep. Wake up !! You cannot sleep without knowing who that awesome friend is !
Life is beautiful I always say. You make some amazing friends in this life, who will make you smile when you are sad, who will hug you tight when you are about to cry, who will laugh at your silliest jokes, who will just always be there by your side. I have been blessed to have made some amazing friends and I love you all (To all my friends -I know you are reading this and I really am grateful to have you in my life). I express my heartfelt thanks to all my friends, who have always motivated me, who have always believed in me when I was in doubt, who have patiently listened to my endless rambling and whining, who have scolded me for acting foolish, who have dragged me out of the house when I would be lazy and who have loved me and accepted me for who I am. THANK YOU !! YOU ALL ARE MY LIFE !!
I am an illiterate when it comes to handling the technical aspects of the blog. I am new to this blogging world and understanding the blog, designing it and operating it would not have been possible for me if it was not for my friend Praneet.(I feel like I am giving the thank you speech standing at the stage receiving the Oscar award) I have tortured him with questions and problems and he has always helped me out, even in the middle of the night. Thank you so much Praneet !!
Now the big announcement – Drum Roll- A very big thank you to my super sweet, bubbly and gorgeous THE MIDNIGHT BAKER- SNEHA !! This blog exists just because of you !! Even if I thank you from the depth of my heart, it will not be enough. I am short of words to express how grateful I am to have you in my life, how much I respect you and love you. Thank you so much!! Sneha is an amazing baker and I have had the privilege to gorge on the yummy desserts prepared by her. More about The Midnight Baker in my next post. YES, there is an interesting story coming up. Don’t miss it.
Thank you so much for reading this long post with all the patience in the world.