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Dec 30, 2016

I Quit the Profession I Studied Hard for to Pursue My Dream, Here I Am One Year After



It’s crazy how time flies. Thanks to LinkedIn, I was reminded that I’ve actually made a career milestone: it’s my one year anniversary as a writer!

Shocking, right? It seems like it was just moments ago that I was a nurse in pristine white uniform, and then I quit that job, and then I had a hard time getting work as a W-R-I-T-E-R.

And just look at me now, celebrating an anniversary! (Imagine me doing a curtsy in this part)

One year ago, I was 100% sure that writing is really what I wanted to do forever; that after my 4-year stint as a nurse, my next job will be a piece of cake.

I had my future planned out, but I was so wrong.

Firstly, I found out that every career has its own challenges.

When I was still newly resigned, I thought that there wouldn't be any other job in the world that is more difficult or even at par with Nursing. Sure, it was difficult to take vital signs every four hours for 10 patients or more, change diapers, or answer to doctors and patients queries all day, but sitting down in front of a computer and racking my brains out to produce articles, press releases, bookmarks, social media posts, and more, is not easy too!

If before, I have sore legs when I got home, now, I have sore shoulder blades that request for a massage from time to time. Wait, am I here complaining? Nope.

But that brings me to my second realization…
Secondly, it’s difficult to write for other people.

But it pays the bills. Working in the SEO industry, creating contents for search engines challenges my creativity. I write off-page contents day in and out: super templated stuff I can recite with my eyes closed.

This is precisely why I maintain this blog despite having to do the same thing that I do at work. Some people don’t like that: doing the same thing within and beyond office hours. But this is one thing that keeps me sane. Preserving a writing voice is difficult, especially when you are obliged to follow strict writing guidelines. Sometimes, when I feel that I am slowly losing my voice, I take a step back and reassess why I’m doing my job. That is, to practice and improve my craft. #keepwriting #youwantedthis

Next, weekends (or fixed) off are the best.

I actually don’t know if I am better at time management now or its just weekends off are great for me. I said this because for the past year, I was able to do a lot of things during my days-off or hours-off.

I write more on this blog, I took German language lessons (and this is face-to-face lessons, not online), I jog every morning, and I read more, and travel more. It’s incredible how much time I have now.

Lastly, working for a start-up company rocks!

I learned so much about leadership, resilience, and all that good stuff. I thought I was already a good leader as I was Editor in Chief of my batch and that I am already an amazing communicator and time management as I am a nurse. But again, I was so wrong.

Being in an industry where I literally know nothing, my skills were stretched to unbelievable proportions: I was and still is a newbie in SEO writing but here I am training new writers. I had to unlearn some writing styles, to make do with whatever resources there is, to always find ways to fix a problem. I got to do things which I never know I was capable of. It's empowering in a very adult kind of way.

In all honesty, I still don’t know if I will never go back to Nursing. I genuinely want to help my mom financially and being a nurse in some distant land is still the clearest (although still blurry) path that I can see. I am always like that: so effin' sure one moment and then very, very confused the next second. 

But who cares? I am still young! Even J.K. Rowling haven't even started writing Harry Potter at 26, right?

As always, I'll just chill over here and watch how far this dream can take me.



Are you like me, a pursuer of dreams? How are you now? Comment your story below!

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