Facing the Roadblocks & Follow Your Heart

What are you most passionate about? It is a common human tendency to step backward while doing something because we fear that we won’t be able to live up to others expectations. In this guest post, our Premium Blogger Rekha Kakkar shares with us how she went on to fulfill her dreams and goals. Thorough inspirational post. Must read.

Many of us stop ourselves from doing something because of fear, consideration or some unseen obstacles and stop ourselves to take a step ahead to follow our dreams. I had many doubts before starting out a new journey as a blogger and photographer but once I changed my perspective, it was much easy to move on and test the uncharted waters.

About a year back when I was contemplating a shift from writing and practicing nutrition to something more exciting, more vibrant and something more that could provide me the kick that I needed to keep myself feeling alive, most of the people including friends and family asked me “Now you are doing reasonably well; what’s the need of making a switch?” or some other question in some other words, but on the similar lines.

From a Law student to web and graphics designer to sports nutrition and now blogging and photography; what if am not able to perform? What if I do not have a talent that is required in a professional blogger or photographer? If other people will call me a failure, would I be able to accept myself for what I am? These were few of the questions which always used to haunt me.

My first roadblock for the progression was consideration; a subtle thought that was constantly in my mind and used to urge me not to proceed, because it’s going to take lots of work and investments in term of time?

But, a crusader in me was ever ready to banish my self doubts and I was ready for an uphill battle. It was a challenge of establishing myself in a niche of photography and at the same time learning new skills { rules and techniques of photography} and sharpening few which I already had i.e. working with graphics and photographs.

If not all the times, but sometimes all these questions used to worry me a lot and my second roadblock was fear, which is more negative emotion and a bigger challenge than overcoming consideration. What if I fail? Won’t people mock me or would there be anyone who would support me?

One of the biggest challenge as most of the bloggers face was exposing me and my small world to the outside world. Writing some health topics or healthy food was one thing but blogging about it involved giving myself away and exposing my family and my space open for discussion. Was I ready for that or that? After a lot of introspection, I found that I like to share things. And what better way than a blog where I can share my experience and my passion with like minded people {a thought that cleared the haze of doubts and the maze of obstacles for me}.

I was there reading all that but practice is something that makes a man better at whatever they do. So, I started to venture out with my camera, though sometimes it felt funny when instead of eating food I was clicking food photos, learning to play with various settings and getting my hand dirty in some real photography disregarding people who gave me funny looks while I was clicking pictures of food instead of eating it.

I knew that I had eye for photography, but clicking good pictures of friends and family and going pro, are two entirely different things. So, photography as a profession was something that was a completely foreign thing to me, still I just took a plunge probably not one of the best ways, but I did as I am not getting younger anymore; as if it was not now I may not be able to do it at all.

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it”. Michael Jordan

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