Being a 25 year old without a job is jaw dropping (in a bad way), especially if your parents were heavy achievers at the same age. This incident took place two days after Ashish (my brother) and I returned from Hyderabad where BITS Pilani screened our much acclaimed film Heels. The day of our return, my wonderful mother cooked enough meal for the three of us and while eating hurriedly (which I usually do), we told her how proud we felt the moment Heels was screened and some other experiences. While the day went well by resting and catching up on some Avengers Endgame theories, the next entirely changed my life.
The day after returning home, I realized that I had to clear pending dues of my fees. So, I gathered all the courage and implored my mother to lend me some money which I would clear month by month, if I get a job. That ‘if’ was killing me for the last three and a half months. I started questioning my ability, even the purpose of my existence. Mom asked some monetary questions and satisfied with the answers, she agreed to lend me the money, which I am supposed to pay back.
Once the dues were cleared, we sat for some tea and the ball dropped on my head – how carelessly I have been spending money for the last three months without contributing a single penny. To tell you a little back story, as soon as I left my earlier job, I promised myself that I’ll start practicing a certain software and shift my field, which didn’t happen, till date. I guess I was a bit shattered with the whole enchilada. Coming back to the present, the so obvious scenario eternally shocked me and that’s when I had an epiphany – content writing. People have been complimenting my writing skills and it made me think about working as a content writer.
The idea was teeth-rattling, going out of my comfort zone, that too in a field I know nothing of. I then reminded myself that I did step out of my comfort zone once and a similar incident wouldn’t repeat. So, I installed Indeed, edited my resume and started applying. To my surprise, out of the 5 places that I had applied, I got myself an interview for 3 jobs. The three job descriptions – even though content – were poles apart. But I had a little chat with the mirror me and decided to interview only for 3nions, a tech firm wherein I could write about technology; usually I vex people about unwanted advice on tec and now I might get paid to do that.
Next thing I knew, I had shed my cocoon and was ready to fly with little to no fear in my heart. So, without wasting any more time, I booked a monthly first class pass to Bhayandar, a journey I never thought I could embark on.