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#Weekly Prompt

My Comeback Story

Life takes you through ups and downs, but meandering through the cuts and bends with elan is living life to the fullest.

My story starts thirty years back when I was in my final school year and like my peers decided to follow suit by taking up Medicine as a career. But it seemed it was not my cup of tea. Working on cadavers didn’t excite me, so decided to go in for research. My area of research was toxicology and I wanted to break glass ceilings by doing something great. I had hoped to do something for the welfare of mankind.I procured my doctoral degree, started working as a research associate in a premier institution. I had hoped to get a good prospect overseas and settle down on foreign shores.

But as it is said”Man proposes, God disposes”.I got hitched .My spouse was a earth scientist who had a touring job. So it became difficult to pursue a career. Soon I embraced motherhood and I became a hands-on mom. My life revolved around my toddlers. My career took a backseat.

During this period I was devoid of ME time and never felt at a loss of not being a career woman. But soon toddlers turned to teens and time hung. Now I felt I should re start my career. So armed with my degree, confidence on my sleeve I decided to explore opportunities.

My World came crashing when no institution wanted to hire me. A sabbatical of twenty plus odd years was not suitable for any job. My CV gap showed me the door. The world had moved into the digital age and I was at a loss. They told me I needed to learn the nuances of technology to make a comeback.

My reverie was broken and I felt as if someone had hurtled me down a precipice.But I knew I couldn’t wallow in self-pity for too long. So I decided to arm myself with nuances of technology. Along with that I enrolled for a creative writing course. I enjoyed writing and it was a kind of catharsis for me.

Soon I was ready to take on the world as I armed with writing skills and technology. I surfed the net for writing opportunities. I got a tailor made opportunity to write for the Chicken Soup Series. Getting published gave me a high and then It was no looking back. I got an epiphany that writing was my calling. Writing made my creative juices flow and I became a published writer both on print and digital media. Both national and international platforms accepted my posts.

I felt elated and soon I procured a proofreader’s job at a publishing house. They liked my work and it was ephemeral when my post got published on a national daily.

Soon I decided to start blogging and created my own blog. Along with that I self taught myself the nuances of content writing. I am now a well versed content writer, content curator, eduadvisor and online teacher. I dabble both in creative and content writing.

My multitask by being a homemaker, writer, speaker and teacher. I am wearing too many hats and have my fingers in too many pies. I work from home and now I am keen to pen down my memoir. No hanging my boots “as I have miles to go before I sleep”

My comeback has been late but with a bang so now from a dismal, drab mom I have metamorphosed into a glam mom and writer.

Dr.Preeti Talwat

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