By Richa P
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It’s been a year since we started this blog. Wow, the year went by quickly. I am happy with how it’s going and how people are responding to it. It’s not easy to start something new, there are so many self doubts. I thought long and hard about starting this blog. I talked to my friends about it. I reached out to other bloggers and asked for their advice.
Taking risks is not easy, what if it fails? What if no one reads its? Failure is so scary and I didn’t want to fail! In the beginning, I hoped the blog would be an overnight sensation, that is what I wanted. I somehow thought that everyone would love it and be involved and many people would be having conversations about the topics posted on Nepali Chori. I wanted to get recognized for the “new and creative” idea.
We all want to be recognized for our work, not all of us want to be famous, but we all want some acknowledgment when we try something new. While I started this blog hoping to be the next Lex Limbu, I actually have come to realize that it doesn’t matter if I have thousands of subscribers or just one hundred. It’s still meaningful for the people who write here and the subscribers who read it. Numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Besides, success doesn’t come overnight, it takes time, hard work, and dedication.
When I reflect on my life, I have taken many risks, not all of them worked out how I envisioned. For example, when I finished my undergraduate studies, I had the chance to teach English in Japan for a year. At the same time, I had gotten accepted to graduate school and they had offered me a very generous scholarship. I thought graduate school was the best choice for me so I declined my opportunity in Japan. When I asked people about my choice, most everyone thought I made the right decision by choosing the scholarship, my dad was one of the few who thought I should go to Japan. That was surprising because he was always pushing for more education. Within that week, I changed my mind, I frantically called the Japan program and begged for them to take me back. They said they would only if I was sure that this was my final decision. Choosing Japan meant that I lost my scholarship to graduate school, money that I would never get back. You know what though? Japan was the best decision I have made, I met my future husband there, I learned so much about myself, and I learned to live on my own in a foreign country. Yes, I have hefty student loan debt now, but what I gained that year in Japan can never have a monetary value.
What I am trying to say is that we never know what is going to happen when we take a chance. Life is about choices and risks. Success doesn’t always come, but what we gain during that process makes us stronger and life more interesting. Things like this blog is a small risk I took, so what if it fades in a few years time. At least I tried, instead of thinking about the many “what ifs.” I don’t always want to live a safe bubble where I know how things will turn out because in reality no matter how safe we want to be, we never know what the future holds.
So if there is something you have been meaning to try, no matter how big or small, go for it! Perhaps it’s a new haircut, a career change, moving to a new place, trying a healthier lifestyle, creating a new friendship, whatever it is, you don’t know what’s going to happen until you take that chance.
*Please share your success stories! What risks have you taken that have worked out, what hasn’t work out? What have you learned along the way?
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