I like to see how much I have done in the entire year because it lets me set goals for myself for the next year. I am pretty flexible with my goals, so I don’t really have a lot there. But every year, I tell myself that I want to reach more people with my work and it’s exactly what I end up doing!
So, today, when I scrolled down the one document in which I have all of my poems from this year saved, and I was surprised because there were more than 80 poems saved there. There used to be a time where I thought I wasn’t good at writing poetry, but all that self-doubt went out the window when I realized that what I write is mostly for myself, and maybe a tiny bit for people who actually want to read them, although I know that not a lot of people are into that. But imagine my surprise when people actually read them and told me that they somehow liked them! Yeah, I genuinely couldn’t stop writing poetry after that.
And today, I got this email from the team at Unsplash that said my photos on my Unsplash page had crossed 1 million views. 1 million. I still think that it’s a very elaborate prank even though the email is sitting right there in my inbox and I keep sharing screenshots of the email with my friends to keep reminding myself that 1 million people are out there actually seeing, saving, liking, downloading and using my images.. I don’t even think there are 10 photos on my Unsplash page, so this milestone means a hell of a lot more than it actually seems to me.
I am still reeling from that! This will forever be one of the biggest things I have ever achieved through something I do just for fun. Not a lot of people will know about this achievement, but that’s okay because I get to keep this one all to myself and somehow, it is just the kind of push that I wanted, creativity-wise, in the last few days. This is definitely going to be one of my most defining moments and I am so out of words right now because I don’t really know how to react to this situation! I wasn’t expecting this until it hit me out of the blue today!
I know, today, that no matter what happens, I know that there are people out there who appreciate my work for what it is. I had been giving myself such a hard time thinking that I was a failure as an artist, but hey, apparently not. I’m still going somewhere with this, even if the progress is kinda’ slow! But who’s keeping track, right?
Anyway, I’m just going to go and try to gather myself now because this is way too much of a shocker for me to take for the day! To anybody who keeps up with the different things I do, thank you so much! I am incredibly grateful for you guys.
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