You guys, let’s pretend that I am opening a bottle of wine and sharing it with you, because I have a happy news! I got my first article published by Elite Daily. Whee!! But first, let me tell you a story.
Before this week, In my entire life I have had fame once. When a schoolmate, someone I liked, borrowed thumb drive to copy my homework and accidentally left it plugged in the campus computer. Other than my homework, there was a folder of my pictures, which I “forgot” to delete when I passed it to him. Let’s stop and conclude two things, that I was (and still am) bad at flirting and it was a bad break because he didn’t even check the folder that had, like, 12 pictures of me (I was giving him options). When he went back to get the thumb drive, it was gone.
Fast forward a few days later. I had forgotten about that incident, which was the general rule of how I approach my Uni life. And I started to get more stares and some were saying hello to me. It was a small campus and I was new, so I thought that’s the culture. Also, that maybe I shouldn’t limit my option to the homework guy only. Until a friend of a friend called me; “I saw your pictures“, he told me point blank. “Hu?“, I was oblivious, or lets just say, stupid. “Yeah, it’s all over campus computers“. “Wait, what? WTFFFF!!!!‘. Apparently, some d**k has copied and shared it all over campus.
The coming weeks were so uncomfortable and weird for me. The stares and nods, those weren’t friendly, those were creepy ones. This must be how Jennifer Lawrence felt years later, except that she married to Bradley Cooper on screen, while I will be doing it in real life. Also, she was buck naked in those pictures while I was fully clothed.
Soon after, like any fifteen minutes of fame, it all went away.
This week, I feel another kind of famedom. The one that I am actually proud of. The kind that makes me want to wear a pink cape with the word BLOGGER printed on it. Elite Daily published my article: Rethink Your Wanderlust: 5 Reasons Not To Indulge in A Gap Year. It’s based on a true story, mine, of bumming around for months in the name of gap year. A second after I read their notification email, I told Hulk, my friends, all family members and their friends and the village elders. Everyone was happy for me (bless their kind hearts) and we danced around together in one big circle. Okay, last part didn’t happen, but please let me repeat that again, Elite Daily published my article!
I am so happy, you guys! I don’t care if it’s nothing compared to what millions have accomplished, I am still thrilled for it. I feel like I have unlocked blogging level 2 and I get to cross another number from my Life list: to get an article published.
Most importantly, I want to thank you, my friends and my readers, without your kind words, supports and connections, I doubt I would have gone this far. So thank you, thank you for reading this blog, for your comments, shares and likes. You make me feel my voice matter.
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Now that I have shared the happy news and the story of one of the most embarrassing moments in my life, I have a request. Would you please, pretty please, share the link on social media and comment or like the article (only if you do like it and I hope you do). I will ask the Universe to send marshmallow rain to your house, it would be like the movie Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs, only better because marshmallow is soft, fluffy, durable, drinkable and multifunction. So please do share and thank you! – From Miaw and I.