Who doesn’t want to be cool? However, being cool isn’t always easy. Some people feel cool by following the crowd while others stand out from it. Many of today’s internet-famous personalities were bullied in school or college and may still face criticism from their neighbors despite their virtual fame. But at the beginning, there must have been a day when they believed in themselves and ignored everyone else. If you’re too self-conscious and worried about what others might say or think, you could miss out on things you love.
Ruhi is a girl from my school. I didn’t interact with her much, but after high school she was admitted to medical college due to reservation. Becoming a doctor had been my parents’ dream for me, but I lacked both the merit and the reservation. I envied her for it at first, but as I started enjoying my own life, those feelings faded away.
In the end, Ruhi graduated as a doctor and I as an engineer. She dressed in a more masculine style with no makeup or fancy accessories and kept her hair short. However, she was talented at drawing and someone once told me that she enjoyed drawing naked women when we were in 6th grade. It made me feel uncomfortable not knowing what to think of it back then.
Recently, our local newspaper published an article featuring Ruhi’s new hobby and passion along with her photo.
In our small hometown, people didn’t appreciate or welcome cosplay. But when she moved to the city for medical school, she found her passion. She had loved Japanese anime since childhood and now had a chance to dress up as her favorite characters.
Although few contests were organized for cosplay lovers in the city, she managed to get involved in them. It wasn’t earning her any money at this point – making the costume and makeup was taken care of by herself. To save money on photography and editing costs, she asked budding photographers for help.
She dressed up as both male and female characters but found that male characters suited her more.
Sometimes she posts photos and videos. She shares her photos for suggestions to improve and her videos for entertainment purposes. As I watched some of them, I couldn’t help but appreciate her effort and confidence. English is not her first language, nor mine. It may take some time to get rid of the awkwardness while talking to the camera, but this is a good start indeed. I admire her passion.
Last week, we talked about her hobby and how far she has come in five years. These conversations remind me to keep my own hobbies alive despite adult responsibilities weighing me down. While it can be difficult at times to make time for things that rejuvenate your mind, the satisfaction is worth the effort in the end.
I hope you too are taking your passion ahead with you in life. 😀
That’s all for today. Stay well guys. Much love xo
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