20 years ago, I was teaching. Having quit my bank job, finished my time as a volunteer for an NGO, and done an MA in English Literature on a whim, I became a lecturer in a boy’s college (yes, 70 odd teenage boys to a class!) , teaching English.
20 Years Ago
It was 1999. And the world was dreading the Y2K problem. But it didn’t affect my life because I hardly used a computer. And I hadn’t heard of a blog! Blogging apparently started around 1994 . But Blogger.com, the platform most of us older bloggers cut our teeth on was launched 20 years ago, in August 1999.
It was only around 2004-05 that I stumbled upon some personal blogs and then found some professional bloggers. One that I particularly followed with great interest was Mridhu Khullar Ralph. It’s great to see that she continues to blog and runs The International Freelancer. By that time, I had quit blogging, started working as a Communications Trainer for an MNC, and having quit that started a Training Company.
At the end of 2007, newly married and with a lot of time on my hands, I started a blog. That was the start of something I never really envisioned – a journey of learning and connecting and constantly growing.
But I’ve digressed.
The Power Of Words
I wanted to tell you that 20 years ago I began to make a series of wrong choices that left me feeling weak and dis-empowered. By 2006, I was broken and at the end of my tether. That’s when I began to read Joseph Murphy’s The Power of Your Subconscious Mind that gave me a whole new start and changed my way of thinking. Words matter!
As I began to blog, I gradually discovered that I too had a voice. I too had words that might make a difference to someone else. In sharing my experiences and knowledge, I could make life a little easier for another. In expressing my truth, I can create space for someone else to share theirs.
As I look back over these 20 years, I’ve realized that they’ve been a journey of words. From teaching, to training, reading all the while and then starting to write.
I’m so looking forward to reading all your posts about what things looked like for you 20 years ago.
It’s my pleasure to pass on this tag to Shalini at Kohl Eyed Me. There are 28 of us on this Blog Hop and it will be spread over 3 days – 1, 2, 3 November 2019. Do follow the #WordsMatter Blog Hop and prepare to be surprised!