Under the Dazzling Stage Lights

| This is the 513th story of Our Life Logs | Before I begin, let me tell you a few things about me. My name is Sushma. I’m a gender queer actor who loves to sing, dance, and shatter stereotypes. I’m just me, living a life that I carved out for myself. But things weren’t always so easy and rosy. In the 1990s, my parents immigrated … Continue reading Under the Dazzling Stage Lights

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Galloping Through the Darkness 

| This is the 506th story of Our Life Logs | Listen to the audio: Isn’t it funny how we always stick a label on ourselves? From where we were born to what we do, somehow we always manage to tie a label on it. It’s not all bad, though. Some labels act as our family—wearing them makes us proud and feel like a part of something wonderful. And then, there’re the bad ones—they box you … Continue reading Galloping Through the Darkness 

The Choice You Made

| This is the 504th story of Our Life Logs | For better or worse, it is all a matter of what we choose. I was born in 1974 in a small settlement called Harappa in Punjab, Pakistan. My family was not too poor, but we most certainly weren’t rich. We lived in a joint home with my uncles who were illiterate farmers. My father was a little different. He worked a mediocre government job. It … Continue reading The Choice You Made

What Will You Give for This Life? 

| This is the 502nd story of Our Life Logs | The hall reverberated with the sound of applause as my name was called and I strolled to the podium. The space was teeming with students and professors from the prestigious University of Wisconsin who were there to celebrate me. As I began to speak, I was taken back to where all of this began 46 … Continue reading What Will You Give for This Life? 

No, Really, Can You Run in Those?

| This is the 498th story of Our Life Logs | I was the fastest boy at Whittier Woods Elementary School. When it was time for the races for the Presidential Physical Fitness awards, I was competitive and I was flying. Unfortunately (for me), my elementary school competitors grew into teenagers with long legs while I…didn’t. Sprinting got less interesting for me when the others caught up, but that was okay. I had moved … Continue reading No, Really, Can You Run in Those?

What Ever Happened to William Hung?

| This is the 496th story of Our Life Logs | To most of the world, I’m known as the “She Bangs” Guy, the man whose American Idol audition had news outlets dubbing him the “worst singer ever.” But to my friends, I’m just William Hung, the man who never gives up on his dream. I’ve always been known for exuding positivity. But to know how I … Continue reading What Ever Happened to William Hung?

I Am More Than a Resumé

| This is the 484th story of Our Life Logs | I grew up in Pune, India, in a middle-class family. My parents had corporate jobs and worked from early morning to late evening to provide for my brother and me. After doing this for several years, however, my parents reached a point where their careers were no longer fulfilling. They wanted to have a bigger impact. … Continue reading I Am More Than a Resumé