In ‘The Lord of the Rings’, I was fascinated by what Bilbo once said to Frodo. He had said: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.“
Stepping out of your door is indeed a dangerous business for an introvert like me who was raised in an overly protective environment. I always used to wonder whether I could survive on my own. Opportunity knocked in the form of an offer letter from a Bangalore based IT company.
It was an exciting opportunity to explore new place, learn new things but also scary one. I had never travelled alone nor stayed away from family. Talking to strangers, making new friends aren’t exactly my strengths. From an introvert’s point of view it was almost like jumping off the cliff.
But there was this voice inside my head which kept repeating this dialogue inspired from 3 idiots: “Aaj dar mat..nahi toh 50 saal baad jab tu boodhi hoke kisi aspatal me padi hogi aur marne ka intezaar kar rahi hogi tab sochegi ki Offer letter haat me tha… mauka bhi tha… thoda himmat kar leti..toh zindagi kuch aur ho sakti thi…”
The idea of crumbling under the weight of that regret didn’t appeal to me and hence I decided to step out of my comfort zone and jump into the unknown. And it turned out to be one of my best decisions in life.
I made new friends. I spoke to strangers on daily basis. I traveled alone. I learnt to bargain with shopkeepers. I fought & won territorial battles with centipedes and spiders in the washroom. I was uncomfortable with it but I was happy too, because I discovered that I could live on my own.
I have done things which I had never imagined I would do. I never thought that I would wake up at 3 AM on a Sunday, travel from one end of city to another, just to catch the sun rise at the pristine Nandi Hills. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would go boating in crocodile infested Kaveri River in a small coracle at Galibore.
Google Maps ensured that I never got lost in the new city. It is a blessing for introverts like me who are not very comfortable asking strangers for directions. It was a delight travelling in public buses in Bangalore. The drivers and conductors were very friendly and helpful.
Bangalore is also the city where I fell in love…. with writing. I discovered my writing skills after winning a Tech Fiction writing competition at my workplace. I started writing blog posts on weekends. I started reading and researching for my blogs. While surfing the net one day I came across an inspiring video i.e. the Ted Talks by Susan Cain which changed my life forever. It is a must watch for all the introverts.
If I had not mustered the courage to step out of the door that day, I wouldn’t have grown as a person. Today, I am more confident about myself. I now know that I am a survivor. Sometimes it is necessary to jump off the cliff. Because that is when you learn to fly!