Life As Usual
Like everyone, my life moved through its usual ups and downs. In fact, challenges are what I thrived on and felt a sense of satisfaction and happiness every time I overcame a difficult situation. I just didn’t know it then that things could turn out the way did. That I would be faced with a challenge that truly tests you and changes you in ways you cannot even imagine.
One Challenge After Another
I enjoy challenges. Being curious by nature, I would keep learning and seeking new challenges. I’m a software engineer… a techie… a geek… in the truest sense of that word. I find working with computers, writing code i.e. speaking the language of machines, much easier. If you are thinking nerd, that’s about right!
In video games we use maxing out as a term - You play one challenge after another till the game has no more challenges. I always wondered if I will face that in real life. Seems in real life there is no maxing out. The unpredictable nature of life will keep you on your toes.
I did what most people in my profession dream of doing. I worked for small companies and multinationals, I was associated with huge projects, I travelled and in general I enjoyed life in my own way. While it all sounds exciting, I wanted to do more, push further, challenge myself even more.
I wanted to do something on my own. I dreamt of building something that would bring convenience to people and, at the same time, give me the satisfaction of working with technologies I enjoy. It was this dream and a bit of timing that pulled me to TaxSpanner…the dream of making something fairly complex, totally hassle-free.
And Then It Happened, The Sky Fell
In July 2014, reports came in and I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, it was unreal. Nothing can prepare you for something like that. It was as if the sky had fallen.
Soon you realize it’s not just a bad dream. The facts are in front of you. Multiple reports which say the same thing in so many words and graphs. There is no escaping it. The sooner you accept it, the sooner you can get ready for the battle in front of you. The biggest challenge of your life…for your life.
Cancer has the power to destroy the body and spirit. With tumors in the brain and spine and months of being immobile, cancer has damaged my body, but not my spirit. I am ready to face this challenge.
After going through all this for almost a year, I decided to write this and to share my experiences with you. And to tell you that every time you feel your life is too hectic or people tell you that you’re working too hard, rejoice! Rejoice in the fact that you are capable. And, if you have a dream, don’t let anything stand in your way. Enjoy your life to the fullest.