HOW I GOT HERE
Hello, I did not quit my job, sold everything off and hiked the jungles of Borneo in style and later share my stories to the world via a Macbook.
Actually it would be impossible to do that in Malaysia especially being raised in a typical middle class Indian family in which during our childhood overseas travels were nonexistent and love was learnt through hard times.
As the name suggests. This is a passing by memoir. A deliberate choice to seek experience, document stories and capture pictures for the wrinkled days.
This is my legacy for the world but apart from that really I’m actually very modest. ;p
At the time, I founded this site, I was wearing a yoga colored sun glasses.
Some years of practicing yoga shed light to one thing.
A lot of work done to create this site was self taught for years with many hours of frustrations and errors with absolutely no traffic at all. But I kept coming back.
This isn’t about how you must give up one thing that is your full time job and sell everything off ( at least not in Malaysia) and wander the world.
It’s about how you must take time to do what you love despite being crazily involved in everything else that happens in your life.
It’s about doing what matters to you even when it makes no sense to anyone else.
It’s about being true to a path that YOU CREATED. But you have to be intentional to create it.
At some point of time in my life, I used to always wander if life was really about studying, taking exams, getting a job and paying bills. None of it was fun. And yet everyone was stuck in that hamsters’ wheel. They just had to do it. I wanted to escape from it at all. But I just didn’t know how.
TRACING BACK HISTORY
That’s when I thought to myself ” How come I was so happy back then as a kid?”
Then I found the answer.
I used to ROAM around a lot. And I was a compulsive story teller. My dad told me when I was five, I was the most animated person he has ever met then. But then again I was his favourite daughter :S
That’s how I started blogging. Back in 2005. I felt alive and it was fun. Learning something new. And it was back to story telling in a cooler way. Read about my milestones here.
As a kid, unconsciously, I was always seeking (Why? But Why? Why?), always talking (I drove a
few, many, ONE teacher crazy) and always wandering (The world outside was so tempting)
As an adult, consciously I’m doing things to be that kid again. ( We lived an extraordinary life in our childhood days, didn’t we? Perhaps I talk
much lesser now but I’m still a very much tempted traveler.
As I was passing, I found it hard to distinguish where one passion ends and the other began, so I ended up developing that multi-passion syndrome and soon discovered all of it made my soul sing and nights awake. So I just hanged on and worked on it. Intermittently while mainly being distracted with many other things. Life as it happens.
Compassion (Compulsive, all en-compassing passion that is) and energy (The zest to live that compassion) are some things that I have in abundance.
I tend to be curious about almost anything and I’m as random as I’m curious.
The downside: I can get totally scattered and overwhelm myself a tad bit here and there. Yet, I have understood that the mechanics of balance is an ongoing process.
Scrambling is mandatory. A tad bit challenging but certainly worthy.
I’m sometimes deluded with my sense of optimism and the ability to humour myself but I have my bad
grumpy, pissy,inpatient days.
I also love Nature, Yoga and Painting. All liberating in its unique way.
The World, its’ Wide Web and my Camera are among my best silent companions. Their working dynamics are nothing short of amusing.
All three companions fell into place so beautifully for me to exercise my creative freedom. I don’t believe you need to quit your day job to travel or do anything you love.
All you need is INTENTION and ACTION in its preceding order.
I’m trying to live in the here and now. Momentarily. By moments. So I always make a memory of it.
You know how they say ” You can keep it all in your memories.” The thing is our memory fades.
We get bogged down with life and expectations. Death and illness happens. Life becomes meaningless abruptly. Spouses cheat. Kids becomes rebelling teenagers. The ups and downs. Rinse and Repeat.
Then you realize and come to a moment ” Where did all these years go? What am I doing here?” “What makes sense now?”
Somewhere growing up, I told myself although I’m a rat, I will not join the rat race but I’ll scurry around everywhere life takes me to pave my path and try to make a difference. I have no regrets yet.
I know it’s probably too early to say this or you won’t even believe me but……
In this vast open ever-expanding universe, I have found my own tiny cozy spot and I realize this spot is something I can take with me everywhere I go and make me do ANYTHING at my WILL.
It is my deepest wish that you find yours too.
If you’re still reading, thank you. You’re most likely as awesome as I am ????
And Hello, I’m Jivanti Murugaiyan and my name is my virtue.
That’s a line from my favourite song =)
I live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and I love my country to bits albeit all the nonsense that happens here.
If I could give you a hindsight as to why I took the trouble to pursue my passion, it would be this…….
We always think there is tommorow. But in reality……
“The tommorow that you were thinking about yesterday is today. Everything you do today makes your tommorow . So keep doing whatever that makes you happy.”
But in the meantime while you’re still pondering, you can like my FB page , view my pictures at my FLICKR Gallery, follow my boards on Pinterest and come back here more often in the hope of finding your own tiny cozy spot.
I promise, you’ll get there someday
Your Well Wisher
P/S : One way you can help a passionate being like me is to share my posts and photos around. You know in the hope that more people will do things that make them happy. This troubled world needs more happy people. Be one of them.
In the end, I hope, simply, to inspire you to go outside, explore and capture those memories. For that’s what life is all about.