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A Cherished Life for Sylvia

I love to write essays, short stories, and fiction. And I am glad to share them here.

Pic: Sylvia

Pic: Sylvia

Ever since Sylvia gave up her day job, she had been transforming herself massively. She started praying regularly and recited the Holy Book. She read free self-help books, which she subscribed via her email dedicated solely for this purpose. She then started writing self-help eBooks and also self-help articles on an online site. She also wrote fiction books on a free eBooks site for fun. She started her quest for more online sites where she wrote short stories.

She started participating in self-help giveaway events where she uploaded gifts in the form of eBooks and invited her small list of subscribers and gradually grew her list to a slightly bigger list. She shared with her email list all her works of fiction and nonfiction.

She also wrote personal blogs about her books, fiction and nonfiction. She created an attractive website and a Facebook page covering all her work so far. She also didn't give up exercising her original field of expertise that is, Computer Science and Engineering and wrote academic guides and played the role of an external reviewer for Computer Science manuscripts that were published in a reputable journal.

Then one day, as if in an answer to her prayers and efforts, she came to know of the huge lottery jackpot she had won.

She invested a majority of it in Savings bonds and made money out of money and began to thrive. With the dividends from her investments, she bought an apartment overlooking a beautiful lake and a Mercedes to drive. She continued her writing and subscribed to books that spoke more about writing tips. It was an area she always had to practice and learn more, which she enjoyed.

She compiled some of her short stories in volumes, improvised them and published them on Amazon. As her marketing schemes were poor, she didn't have many sales.

As she acquainted herself with marketing methods by networking and reading books in the arena, she became more familiar with them, and the sales of her Amazon short stories volumes began to rise.

It was not until another two years that she became used to the idea and learned more techniques so that her sales soared. She was earning a steady income from this hustle too.

She always shared the links of her work with her email list and Facebook fans.

Sylvia decided she was happy with her life. She could wake up a little late in the mornings and go about her days in a way she liked.

After a year went by and Sylvia had all her investments and incomes in place, she felt remorseful looking at the people surrounding her.

Every one had families and children. She started craving for them as well. She thought she would try her luck with an online dating site. She uploaded her profile. Within a week, there were about 10 interested men.

She looked at their profiles and chose three of them, who seemed to top the rest. She chatted with them. She rejected the two of them and continued to chat with the remaining one daily, whose name was Osman.

Pic: Osman

Pic: Osman

They finally decided to go for a date in a restaurant. Sylvia dressed up her very best. She found Osman all shaven and immaculate and looking smart in his suit.

They chose mixed fried rice, sizzling beef and mixed vegetables. They both had tall glasses of coke. As they talked and ate, they became friendlier and happier.

Sylvia now and then got busy with the humdrum of life, but it was Osman who chased her and took her on dates. They dated for four years, and there was no reason why Sylvia wouldn't commit to Osman. They had good compatibility and body chemistry and touched each other’s hearts deeply.

Therefore, on one of their latest dates when Osman proposed to her, Sylvia couldn't say anything but a resounding 'yes'.

Yes, they would now be informing their families about their wedding plans. They would fix a wedding date to marry promptly and enjoy an ever-memorable and ever-ringing honeymoon and a workable married life together as well.

Five years from now, what thoughts did Sylvia have about her life?

"I have a one-year-old son. Both Osman and I have steady incomes. Yes, we are making it well together. I couldn't have felt happier."

Ten years from now, these were the thoughts of Sylvia:

"I have invested a big share of my dividends in a joint venture with Osman. I hope it turns out okay. I have a daughter too now. The family expenses are forever increasing. Hope we will make it together."

Twenty years from now, Sylvia thought as follows:

"Yes, the joint venture turned out well. Osman is a smart guy to persuade me to invest. I still write self-help and fiction books and earn money from them. I have been a published author over and over again. Osman is doing well in his engineering job. We get along well, and together with our family, we are pulling off steadily.”

Thirty years from now, Sylvia’s thoughts were as below:

“Osman has retired. I still write books. Our children will be graduating from university soon. Yes, we are still a happy family.”’

Forty years from now, Sylvia thought:

“Both Osman and I have aged and look after each other. Our children are working now. They come to visit us frequently. Soon our children will marry, and we will have grandchildren. We have enough to leave as a legacy for them. I am happy to say God was with us all the time. I don't know how my life would have turned if I hadn't given up my day job and taken up writing. It's a life I have cherished."

Poll Time

© 2021 Rosina S Khan


Rosina S Khan (author) on February 12, 2021:

Yes, that's okay. It feels good to hear from you again, Brenda. That means you will have to win a lottery jackpot to understand how it feels. You can ignite all your senses, just imagining it for the time being. LOL!

Happy Valentine's Day to you too. Thank you for commenting again.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 12, 2021:

Hey gal. ..I thought this was a new one, but that's okay.

Thst lottery win sure sounds nice. I wonder how that feels?

Take care. Happy Valentine's Day!

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 12, 2021:

You have commented before, Peggy. But it's nice to hear from you again. So glad you liked the story. I appreciate your comments.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 12, 2021:

I am glad you liked the story, Misbah. Thank you for reading and your generous comments. All the best.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2021:

Finally, I got to see this in the feed. Sylvia had her life plans, and it seems to be working well for her. I liked this story.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on February 12, 2021:

A very nice story. I'm glad that Sylvia found a good and perfect match for herself, her life was smooth. I like it.

Much appreciated


Rosina S Khan (author) on February 12, 2021:

I am sorry for your daughter. But I am glad she found her soul mate eventually without the help of an online dating site and is very happy now.

I have heard of both successful and unsuccessful relationships and marriages from online dating sites in my friends' circle. Therefore, I developed the story, thinking of the positive outcomes.

Thank you, Denise, for your valuable comments. I appreciate them so much.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 12, 2021:

I think the problem is that things don't always work out so well. My daughter got on an online dating site and although she selected several guys and dated them, they all went nowhere. She was alone another 10 years waiting to meet the right guy, which she happened to meet by chance. She is very happy now but she had to wait so very long for it.



Rosina S Khan (author) on February 09, 2021:

Regarding my life, I have always observed my thoughts govern my life. If problems arise, it is because I have had negative thoughts about something and when I correct my thoughts and make them positive and full of joy, I am happy again. In the worst scenario, I would find humor in it and have a good laugh. So that way, my life is steady and I hardly take huge risks.

Yes, I had to make Sylvia optimistic and lead a charmed life so that I can remind my readers including myself to be and do the same. I hope I have made my point.

Thank you Lora for your very insightful comments. I really treasure and appreciate them.

Lora Hollings on February 08, 2021:

Sylvia leads a charmed life. Would you say that your own life goes very smoothly without any ups and downs, Rosina? Perhaps you are lucky that way. Mine has always been quite unpredictable. Sometimes things go very well and other times they don't. But, I'm glad that Sylvia found such a good match for herself and all her decisions turned out to be good ones, too.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2021:

I am glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I truly appreciate it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 08, 2021:

I am glad this popped up in the feed. I tried to find it earlier and could not find it. It would seem that Sylvia's life has gone the way she expected and deserved. Nice!

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2021:

I am glad you like the story, Miranda. Thank you for commenting.

Miranda Blanks from New York, New York on February 08, 2021:

Beautiful story!

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2021:

Yes, Sylvia led a simple life. I am glad you like the story. I appreciate your comments and thanks for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 08, 2021:


Sometimes we have to give up something to find our dreams.

I'm so happy it worked out for her without bumps in the road along the way.

Awe...a simple life. I'm loving it.

A wonderful story my friend.

Take care & enjoy each moment.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2021:

I am glad you like the story and the heroine's name. Yes, it is a wonderful thing writers don't have a retirement age.

Thank you, Chitrangada, for your comments and I appreciate them.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 08, 2021:

Nice and engaging story, and I love the name, Sylvia. She has a smooth life, and that’s what we all wish for. Don’t we?

Isn’t it wonderful, that the writers don’t have a retirement age?

Thank you for sharing this Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2021:

Yes, that's one of Sylvia's virtues, working out everything according to plan. I think you also have your current life planned and scheduled, something that works for you now, no matter how your past may have been.

Thank you, Bill, so much for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 08, 2021:

What a blessed life! It's hard for me to relate to, having everything work out according to plan. :)

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2021:

Thank you, Ankita, for your generous comments. That's one way of looking at it it -being optimistic and loving what she did. I appreciate your comments very much.

Ankita B on February 08, 2021:

A very positive story, Rosina. I think though Sylvia faces difficulties in her life, she is able to manage them somehow because she was always optimistic and loved what she was doing. I liked reading this.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2021:

She does face difficulties but her constant belief in God eases out everything for her, she being loyal and true to God. Her innocence and naivety are taken into consideration by the Universe, which blesses her with all those she desires.

Dora, thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 08, 2021:

Rosina, I'm happy for Sylvia and her fortunate life in which everything works so well. She seems to experience no difficulties. Is that for real?

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2021:

I am glad you enjoyed the story, Pamela. Thanks for reading and your generous comments. I truly appreciate them.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 08, 2021:

This is a very good story, Rosina. Sylvia is a fortunate women as she hss been sucess finiding a good man and she won the lottery. Finding a career where she is soo usccssful. Thanks for sharing this lovely story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2021:

I am glad you like the story, Fran. She does get hit by curveballs in her life - it's just that she manages everything well. Thank for your comments. I appreciate them.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on February 08, 2021:

Rosina, another good article, and her life seems to always prosper. However, life seems to throw curves now and then and hers seems too lucky. Does she never run into snags?

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2021:

Yes, Sylvia's life circumstances are pretty secure. Maybe she couldn't do better in any other way and maybe it was part of God's plan. Thanks for your generous comments, Manatita. Truly Appreciated.

manatita44 from london on February 08, 2021:

Lovely story and blessed with good fortune. I don't know what she should have done. Her life circumstances, however, does seem pretty secure. Om Shanti!

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 08, 2021:

I will write better stories in near future. I wrote this story to boost my spirits and also those of my readers. Thanks for reading and commenting, John. I really appreciate it.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 08, 2021:

A feel good story all the way through, Rosina. Sylvia was multi-talented and seemed to make all the right decisions in life.

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