After about two years, I met a ‘long lost’ (we studied together a long time ago and both of us were lost in our work life!) college friend. Let’s call this college friend X. We had so much to talk about — from the booming crypto-currencies to the boredom of the desk life! After first round of discussion, I asked X —
Do you write regularly?
I knew that X had written some amazing answers on Quora, but lately I hadn’t seen any of his work. He paused for a second and said that he hadn’t been writing off-late. He told me that he had a blog where he posted short-stories! That’s so cool! But what wasn’t cool was the fact that he wasn’t writing anymore. I took this opportunity to do what I do best, give gyan! I told him —
You should write regularly no matter what! Writing keeps your creativity alive.
It was at that moment that I realized that I was an exceptional hypocrite! I spent 3 days vacationing in Goa where I made no attempt to write a single word, I take random days off my writing for no apparent reason and I give up writing in lieu of any other ‘priority’! I have not written regularly, I have not placed writing as a priority and yet I asked someone else to do it.
Why should anyone listen to my advice when I myself don’t?
This experience was my much needed wake up call! This post, might be the much needed wake up call for you —
Don’t give advice that you don’t follow! Please don’t be a hypocrite!