I attended Indiblogger’s Blog Now Live Forever (BNLF) back in 2015. I was very inexperienced with everything and yet, I went to a new city, by myself and had a rather enjoyable time. The next iteration was in my hometown, Dehradun, and I was naturally stoked. However, I’ll be skipping it, unfortunately so. Here’s the why, how and everything in between.
The BNLF Experience
When I reached the venue for BNLF 2015 in Mumbai, I was brimming with anxiety. I entered the thematically decorated venue and saw a volunteer walk toward me who asked, “Are you alone?” and I nodded rather nervously. “Don’t worry”, she said, “we’ll pair you up with someone”. I walked away though; the word nervous would be selling myself short on how I felt at the time.
However, I managed to talk to some people. I counted the number of people. I don’t remember the count anymore but it was double-digits and that was my biggest achievement as a person that year. Travelling alone to a completely new city, meeting a few people, bringing some acquaintances who’d later turn into friends, learning from extremely successful bloggers and getting to shake hands with Bruce Dickinson, the Air-Raid Siren. How can you beat that trip?
BNLF 2015 was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my short life and an even shorter stint as a blogger. That was precisely why I was excited to the umpteen when I heard the next iteration was in Dehradun, which happens to be my hometown. “Easy”, I thought, “It’s practically at a walking distance from my house”. I registered the day I got notified of the event and I was literally counting days.
Until my examination schedule arrived.
A Day Here, A Day There
My examinations begin on the 18th of November. The event is on the 17th of November and will go on for two days. So, in no universe can I do both things. As if I wasn’t already detesting college in its last legs, this added fuel to that fire.
Impulsively, I thought of a rather impractical idea where I’d attend the event till late in the night and somehow show up in the morning, in another city, to give my exam. However, a little sense called mother dearest jumped in and knocked me on the head (figuratively) where I realised that I had to give up on one thing and it couldn’t be the examinations that give me my degree next year.
I decided to skip BNLF which felt heartbreaking mainly because of three reasons. Firstly, I was a very nervous and introverted person when I had attended the first one and now that I was more ready for such a setting, I couldn’t go. Secondly, I was really looking forward to meeting everyone I had met in the previous one and catching up. Finally, BNLF is not an experience you miss. I only had to attend it once to internalize that fact.
But Such Is Life
It’s funny how I went out of my way to attend the first iteration of the event and when it was happening right at my doorstep, I won’t be there. That is how life really is though. You can never be too sure or excited about anything. There’s a popular Murphy Law that goes as follows,
If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
Such is life, really. The only thing that is certain is its uncertainty and somewhere in that thought lies every lesson man can ever learn. Here’s hoping I don’t have to skip when it happens next.