Every story has a beginning.
Once upon a time, they told me that if I studied, had good grades, and went to college, I would be able to find a good job that paid me well. I always did. I had straight A’s, went to college, and finished a bachelor’s degree. But when the time came to find my well-paying job (*insert cricket noises*). Unintentionally, my parents had raised me for a world that no longer existed. So, at some point (after two years), I realized that no matter how many resumes or applications I filled, it was not on my hands to get a job. It was up to the employees. So I decided I needed to get matters in my own hands and do something that was up to me. It was the first time I thought seriously about freelancing. I always liked to write, so why not?
For the next six months, I learned everything I thought I would need to be a great freelance writer. Then I ended up using everything to help in my church (for free). Yet this ended up having a butterfly effect and becoming the reason I learned many lessons. (One day, I’ll tell you about it). So when I decided that I still needed an income, I realized that freelance writing (aka writing content for others) would take too much valuable time. Also, it wouldn’t allow me to focus on my projects (namely, my books). Deep down inside, I wanted to write because I wanted to be a novelist. So I got the idea that my income would be best if passive. That way, I could focus on my stories. It was then that I started learning about e-commerce businesses (still working on those).
Somehow I was having fun exploring those options when I realized that I wanted people to share my journey. On one hand, I had learned a lot of life lessons along the way. I wished to find a way to keep track of them. But also share them with those who might felt as lost as I did. On the other hand, I don’t know many people who love reading and writing. So I can never share my passion for stories and my journey as an aspiring author. That’s how the idea of “finding my tribe” hit me. I started sharing thoughts on my Twitter but pretty soon realized that 280 characters were not enough. So I went back to my old idea of starting a blog. This is the first one.
At this point, my idea is to share my life experiences (stories). I want to talk about all of the things that I’ve learned during this journey. That path of “who I am?” and “what will I do with my life?”. And also some weird reflections about the stories I know and how my author’s journey is coming together. If you feel like you’re not sure what to do with your life, are also a fellow writer, or just like debunking stories, I invite you to tag along in my journey. I hope we can share thoughts, insight, and ideas about life, books, and more while inspiring and motivating each other. In my next entry, I will talk about how it all started for me: my love for books. Hope to see you there. Welcome to StoryTopia, and remember to write the story of your life.