What’s your book about? What’s it called? What does that mean? How can you “chase your kismet?”
These are usually the typical questions I am asked when someone finds out I am the author of a South Asian fiction novel.
So for once, and for all, I am going to explain what it means to “chase your kismet” and how writing my novel allowed me to do so.
To do something doesn’t mean you have to the best at it. It just means you have to care enough about it to try your very best. That’s what writing is for me. It’s my craft. It’s what I decided defines me, or maybe it defined me before I decided it did, but either way – it’s something that’s just mine. It’s my calling, and when you find your calling, and you chase after it, that’s when you’re chasing your kismet.
Your kismet is your destiny, it’s what’s meant for you, it’s what’s meant to be your cutting edge, your driving force. Some people (like myself) grow up feeling like they don’t have anything to offer the world. But that’s simply not true. Everyone has something deep within themselves that is what sets them a part from everyone else.
Be it singing, dancing, photography, writing, drawing, or even just being a parent. We all have something that we are meant to excel at, and that thing, is what ultimately saves us when the more mundane (but necessary) bits of life begin to overwhelm us.
Now I’m not talking about your 9-5. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones where your passion aligns with your career. But if you feel like you’re constantly in pursuit of a better tomorrow. Then chances are what you’re doing today isn’t what’s going to provide you with ultimate fulfillment.
So get out there, face your fears, find what makes you, you.
It’s not going to be easy. I had a lot of criticism and backlash. Yeah, my writing sometimes has mistakes in it, I don’t have every grammatical rule down pact. And my ideas sometimes drift. But that’s the great thing of your craft being your own, you never have to stop perfecting it.
That’s the journey of chasing your kismet, you are forever able to improve in what it is you desire, and you are forever capable of shaping your own destiny, so that you too can see your dreams realized, and live to tell all about it.
That’s what my novel was for me. I had a set of topics I was passionate about: domestic violence, alcoholism, homophobia, forced arranged marriage – so many taboo subjects that my community usually sweeps under the rug – I wanted to shine a light on them and spark a conversation that would hopefully one day lead to improvement and discussion. So I used the medium that spoke to me the most, writing. I worked day in and out to sculpt a riveting story, that yes, is fiction, but is a cold hard reality for so many individuals around the world. It is through the release of this story that I now have been led to so many more stepping stones and new horizons that have allowed me to even further pursue the realization of my goals.
So readers: I challenge you all to find at least one hobby that you’ve always been interested in, and give it a shot by the end of this month. You never know just what can come of it.
We’re still fresh into the new year so go on and give your dreams a try! I promise it’ll be worth it.
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