One of the things which I listed down before leaving my “regular” job was to write for a magazine. To have my own segment or column or whatever the magazine people called it. Well, October of last year I had a passing experience with writing for one of the local magazines (Her World), an interview piece for their December cover story. After that, it seemed that it was one of those “well, that’s that then” stories.
I didn’t mind it as I enjoyed the experience and I had my little journal project that I was working on plus this blog. In August of this year though Life presented me with another opportunity to write for a different sort of magazine, through the same friend. I of course took it up with gratitude.
This time though, I would have the opportunity to write about things that I was interested in and at times weave in some medical / health care issues into it. So for the past four months I’ve been donned the hat of Contributor to an in-house magazine for a local bank (Public Bank) called Calibre 😀
I’m enjoying the experience of creating an article of 800 words each month on a particular topic. It’s a little challenging with my ramble-y style but I have learned to edit, edit and edit some more. It’s taught me a lot about becoming detached from my work, in a good way. It has also been teaching me to not be too obsessed about what someone else (mainly the editor) thinks about my work, this constant seeking of approval and to my surprise also recognising within me this apprehension of writing about metaphysical subjects as a “medical” person! The thing is the “by-line” used for my articles proudly displays as “Dr. Shree Jacob”. When I write on this blog, or when I am with friends I don’t attach the Dr. to my name. I leave my doctor-ness behind in the clinic, so it’s never bothered me. It’s a strange thing which is why the surprise. But, I’m learning to let that go…which is a very good thing too 🙂
I feel like it’s worked out perfectly – just one month after leaving my job to begin a new adventure the Universe gave me a taste of what I had wanted. It gave me the time to get settled into things, to warm up to the idea of writing about the things I was interested in…and when it felt I was ready presented me the chance to do so in a more sustained manner. If I am wise, I will also take from this the lesson that when we aren’t so attached to the outcome of what we want, when we patiently allow Life / Universe to works it’s magic, continuing with what we can do instead of stubbornly insisting that we won’t do anything else except what we have set our expectations on…then the magic of life does truly unfold beautifully…and seemingly seamlessly.
Below is the article from the month of September. This and the rest of the articles will be posted on a separate page which will be up soon 🙂