“Peculiar I say, how so often the smallest, most seemingly insignificant details later unveil their faces as vital means for progression.”
― Criss Jami,
Life is Full of Surprises
I’ve been quite busy for the past few weeks with the sudden surge of pre-orders for my book and as a first-time author, it gives me great excitement to be the one to personally hand the autographed copy to each of the people who ordered. If you follow me closely, you would have noticed the pictures I’ve posted on my Facebook account of the people who have decided to spend some cash to read what I have to say.
I can’t really say that I’ve always dreamed of becoming an author. The dream only started when I started admiring the work of Stephen King but I was never a big reader to be quite honest. I admired the movies that were made out of his novels but I never read any one of them until I gave Salem’s Lot a shot (I didn’t even finish it).
I wasn’t into reading even in high school. I never finished a single book unless it was required for a school project but all these changed when I started dabbling into personal development. Of the tons of things I learned, one thing that stands out is the importance of reading because even though we think we know everything we need to know, especially about ourselves, well, we don’t!
After seeing movies like Pet Sematary, Salem’s Lot, and It, I already told myself that I’m gonna be the next Stephen King. I’m a horror movie buff and I’m going to write the scariest, most horrific novels just like my idol did. Fast forward today, the very first book I’ve published is a self-help book.
I know, why the change of heart you might ask. Well, as much as I feel good about telling stories and scaring the shit out of people, I think I’m more at home with helping people improve. After going though my personal development journey, I believe I’ve found that one thing I can call “my calling” and that is to inspire and motivate people.
Life is full of surprises!
We set our goals, we focus on a target but end up hitting another one. It is true that we are all a work in progress and that none of us are finished products for as long as we live.
Nothing wrong with being wrong
When I was in high school, I participated in an inter-school journalism competition. We were asked to choose three contests to join depending on our expertise and at that time, I was really into sports-writing so that one was a no-brainer. It’s my first choice. I also had talent in drawing so I chose editorial cartooning as my second choice and since we are required to join three, I had to choose a “filler” just to complete the requirements. I chose news-writing but I never really had any expectations with it compared to the first two.
Towards the end of the competition, my mentor and teacher, Sir Rey, asked me which of the three I was confident I could in and without batting an eyelash, I said “sports-writing”.
I knew that Sir Rey already knew the results by then. His evil, almost sadistic smile told me I may have won something but I didn’t have any expectations. For me, if I won one or two, thank you. But if I didn’t win anything, still, thank you Lord for the opportunity I was given.
A few minutes later, they were announcing the winners. I won 5th place in sports-writing and 7th place in cartooning. The final category, considered the top prize, was for news writing and Sir Rey kept on looking back at me with that evil smile every chance he gets. I began to have this feeling that something big is about to happen but I didn’t want to expect and get disappointed so I was knocking out the idea in my head every time it pops up.
I won first place in news-writing. The one category I NEVER, IN MY WILDEST DREAMS, ever imagined I can win. I never even gave my self a shot at winning the 10th place for this category. Again, life is full of surprises.
Sometimes we think we know what’s best for us until life tells us otherwise and it is a good mistake to make because finding one’s passion takes time. Some find it at a young age, others discover it much later. What better way is there when life itself unpacks it for you?
My book, From Garbage to Gold, was meant to be an ebook when I started writing it. Selling the book on paperback was never part of the plan and this is where I credit reading and research most. When I was writing the book, I read lots of blogs and listened to countless podcasts about self-publishing and that’s where I learned the importance of coming up with a paperback version.
I was so focused on publishing the book exclusively for kindle because i thought people are now into tablets and mobile phones. Nobody wants to flip pages and carry books around anymore. Well, I was wrong. SO DAMN WRONG.
It was only after I published the book that I learned that people still enjoy the physical book. People still enjoy actually touching something, smelling the aroma of the paper used for each page. I started getting requests for a physical copy so I looked for ways to get that done.
Five months after releasing the book on kindle, I have now sold more physical books than the kindle version and I continue to receive more orders everyday. Another proof that life is full of surprises!
There will be times when we think we know what’s best for us and we think we know what works best until life tells us otherwise. It’s good to be flexible when you don’t see progress. Make the adjustments with the results you’ve seen. People make mistakes and that’s the beauty of life. You can always make adjustments out of slight miscalculations.
Don’t let failure keep you down. The lessons we learn from it is all that matters.
Be excited for the opportunities waiting
Knowing that life is full of surprises and that it’s full of twists and turns makes it all the more exciting! Seize the opportunities it would present and make the most our of it. Look forward to blessings and the gifts waiting to be unwrapped!
My belief is that whatever comes, its meant for our good and that it happens for a reason. No matter how bad or awful it may be, hidden somewhere is a benefit waiting to be unraveled.
Over to You
Life is full of surprises but has life ever proven you wrong? What was the best surprise life has given you?
I would love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment or share your story.
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