It's been 3 months since I quit my full-time job to do something I've wanted to for a very long time now. The initial days were full of unbridled joy about sleeping in till late in the afternoon and not having to worry about Monday blues. This slowly changed to worrying about my next source of income and sitting blank in front of the laptop for hours, figuring out where I could possibly start. Once I did find work, I rolled up my sleeves and worked harder than I've ever before.
While these stages do end up teaching you a lot about patience, perseverance, and remaining calm amidst occasional bouts of anxiety, the most important thing that this life made me learn is that no number of books or anecdotes from wise well-wishers can prepare you for what lies ahead. It's because never before have you had the time to actually gaze at the mountains and feel the silence of the cold winds. Never had you known that you were perfectly capable of standing still on a rickety bridge to just take in the breathtaking view of azure blue waters. And never before did you have the luxury of speaking to complete strangers without the agenda of getting a certain work done.
And when you experience all of this, and more, you'll realize that nothing ever tells you the truth about this beautiful life.