Thursday, May 30, 2024

My Journey of Self Discovery #SoulfulSunday


What makes me a writer?

I started writing when I was in the 6th grade. I wrote one 6 liner verse and 4-5 2 liners and showed it to my parents. 

I remember writing them, the hesitation and the desire to show them, the sort of disbelief on my parents’ face, the feeling of content inside me. That was a good day. 

But I didn’t try to write poetry for a long time. I was happy with the feeling that day gave me and that was that. Since then I wrote whenever musing appeared in front of me unannounced and I instead of realizing that it was my muse, ignored it many times over and finally, succumbed to the compulsion of writing, and wrote what my muse brought me. 

Those excursions with my muse didn’t make me a writer. Those surrenders made me maybe a puppet of my muse. But that’s it. 

It took years for me to finally ascend to a writer status. It took effort from my side to finally acknowledge myself as a writer. Those efforts included creating a blog, blogging a lot, getting in touch with a blogging community, daily writing, daily publishing on my blog, battle with my self-doubt, a lot of hesitation, and finally accepting myself as a writer. 

It wasn’t a straightforward journey. It wasn’t a journey from point A to B. I traveled from point A to C, then traveled back to D which was way behind A, took umpteen detours to other points, questioned my craziness level all the time, got back to C from those detours, and arrived at point B after multiple setbacks. 

It was a journey nonetheless. A journey of self discovery. 

I discovered writing is a part of me. Or I’m a part of writing. 

And that awareness, coupled with my desire to write, and the very act of writing makes me a writer. 

Written for #SoulfulSunday, an exercise to nourish our creative side, formulated by Esha and supported by Shilpa and yours truly.

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An IT Professional, an author, an accidental blogger, a lover of words and a recent self-care addict. I love stringing words together, which I lovingly call a poem. You can read my affair with words at Void Thoughts( and Reflections..(

11 thoughts on “My Journey of Self Discovery #SoulfulSunday

  1. I think we realise our calling only via such confusing journeys. 🙂 How I wish this info would come to us the day we asked ourselves, “What would we like to be when we grow?”

  2. This is the kind of journey that makes life interesting and full of happy surprises. Of course it would be much simpler if we were born with some kind of tags telling us what we were made for. But I’m glad you found your calling in the end.

  3. The magic of what unfolds during the journey is often what we most undermine…the fact of getting on with what ought to be done, and if it writing, the fact that we need to keep writing, day after day after day, and what then shows up is how we took those many detours that you mention in your post, which kept you going and led you to discover the writer in you! Therein lies the charm of the journey and the magic of self-discovery. I’m glad that you undertook this journey and can now look back to see how far you’ve come along that road to becoming who you are!

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  5. I am glad you continued writing. It is indeed a journey of self discovery. We are hard on ourselves, the inner critique is often very loud. It takes time and maturity to finally understand that we are what we believe we are.

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