It’s a privilege to inspire others through The Great Discontent and our readers are the best reminder of that. From time to time, they write to tell us how TGD has impacted them. A few weeks ago we received a letter from Sonali and, with her permission, here is part of her story in her own words:
To start with, I am Sonali, a 22 year old girl from India. I am an engineer and have been working as a Lead Technical Editor for the last 9 months. I am a lazy person by nature and never used the web for more than what I needed to. At my job, we had a task of looking for technical reviewers and that’s how I landed on the web page of Jeff Rogers. I dug into his website and on his list of interviews, I found TGD!
I read Jeff’s interview in a go despite being at work. My first thought was who are these guys to write such stuff about artists? I checked out your website and was amazed at the collection of artist interviews you’ve gathered—fantastic! I set up a bookmark on your page and early the next day, I was looking for a new read. That’s how it started. I read Cheryl Strayed’s interview next and ordered the book, Wild, which I started reading today. I love to read.
You know, in a country like india, I work for 9 hours and it takes me another 5 hours to travel to and from work—there is no time for creativity. I hopped on to each of your personal blogs and saw the things you’ve made and I felt a pinch of realization that I can do this too. Maybe not to the level you guys are doing it, but you have surely inspired me to start. I will be starting my masters soon and I know what I have to do to define myself.
I literally wait for your mail on Tuesdays. I get home from work past 9pm and Wednesday mornings start with reading an inspirational story, which wouldn’t have been there but for your efforts. Keep up the good job.