There seems to be this big, apparently defining question, to which I am always looking for an answer. Or rather everyone around me is. I don’t know if it comes with being a student, or if the question continues to follow you around until you have an answer! You’re probably wondering what the question is. It’s a question that I ask myself every day and each day I seem to have a different answer. This overwhelming question is: Who do you want to be? Have you thought about your career? Why is that the first question we ask a student at any stage of their education? From a young age we’re led to believe that our happiness lies in finding the perfect career path. Why is finding a job equivalent to everlasting happiness and stability?
The question may not seem that scary at first, but the minute the test(s) that will apparently determine your future come close, or you’re about to graduate, it can get pretty stressful. Academic stress is a major reason for suicide, anxiety, and mental health illnesses among a lot of students. It is common to see students stressed and under pressure in a society that believes in keeping students in check by pushing them beyond their limits. Students follow draconian rules and study schedules that leave them feeling depleted and depressed.
Now I may not be the first person telling you this, but it’s okay to not know. Everyone around you might be urging you to find that one perfect job. That if you fall short of this perfection, you are depriving yourself of happiness and not living up to your true potential. ‘’Make the right choice and achieve the ideal grades now and you’re set!’’ they say. I may be wrong but I don’t recall any interview in which a retiree says, ‘’I wish I had achieved a 98% grade point average instead of a 97.5% because that has made all the difference in my life.’’ No, they always seem to say something on the lines of, ‘’enjoy life because it goes by quickly.’’
So, today I am answering this ‘giant’ question, for myself and all my well-wishers. ‘Who do I want to be?’ Well, I choose to be happy! Take each day as it comes, make spontaneous decisions, be amazed by every little surprise that life throws at me and basically, just go with the flow!
Maybe next time you meet me, you can ask me another question. After all, there is more to me, to all of us than what we want to be in the future!
Moreover, as my mom once told me during a ‘what am I going to be!’ panic attack- Nobody has it all figured out, and you certainly can’t figure it out in a day, or a month. The future’s a long time away and of course, nothing ever goes according to plan. (she’s one of the few unique people who lives in the present and doesn’t care about the future) So, relax! Even though this question feels like an ultimatum, I’ve learned from those around me that it isn’t. There are more questions to ask, more to answer. Let’s start the conversation!
This is part two of my awards post and it also features one of my favorite awards. I posted part one- on the Mystery Blogger Award, you can read that here . Anyway, I am always excited to be nominated for any award but the Liebster Award is, in my opinion, a great innovation in so many ways. It’s actually the first award I read about, the one which introduced me to the whole blogging award concept! For those of you unfamiliar with it, the Liebster Award is a badge of recognition of sort. Only given to bloggers with less than 3,000 followers, it’s main aim is to bring new and aspiring bloggers up and help them grow. As an aspiring and relatively new blogger myself, I think the Liebster Award is so important. For many of us, it’s the first award we’re nominated for. Personally, it’s not only motivated me to work all the more harder on A Writ Much, but it’s given me that feeling of reassurance that yes, someone out there is reading my words and they think they’re good. Now I know that I’m not just sending my thoughts into a desolate void!
“The Liebster Award” is an award for bloggers by bloggers. The award recognizes new blogs with great content. The purpose is bloggers supporting other bloggers. This award gives bloggers a voice and encourages more people to interact with us and follow our journeys!
Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
Share 11 facts about yourself.
Answer the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate other bloggers (with less than 3,000 followers) and ask them 11 new questions.
Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
List the rules and display a Liebster Blogger Award on your post and/ or your blog site.
11 Facts About Me:
I have this process in which I don’t read a new book until at least 24 hours after I’ve finished my last one. I do the same with tv shows. It’s not for any other reason but so that I can bask in the essence of that show/book and just, think about it for the next 24 hours. Maybe you do it too, but everyone around me makes fun of it!
I am actually a published author. I haven’t published a novel but a short story I’d written was published.
I can listen to Adele for hours on end.
I am still trying to find my favorite author because I don’t have one at present. Although I think Khaled Hosseini or Rainbow Rowell are close contenders for the esteemed position.
I love listening to a good podcast.
I was and I guess I still am obsessed with the city of Paris.
Movies which leave me speechless are my favorite kind.
Pasta comes second to sushi on the list of foods which always make me drool.
Although I can sketch well, I’m the worst when it comes painting.
Even if thought-provoking movies are my first choice, I am ever ready to enjoy a good rom-com.
I have some quotes which I often read for inspiration. They help, I don’t know how and I really recommend doing it.
Tall Blonde Tales’ Questions:
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
The best part about blogging is when I see someone’s comment on one of my posts because I love hearing from readers whether it’s feedback or their views on the topic/book.
2. What is your biggest problem/challenge when it comes to blogging?
I think choosing the right topic every week stands as my biggest challenge. I brainstorm a lot of ideas to come up with the perfect one, which I think my readers would enjoy but I feel strongly about as well.
3. How long does it usually take you to finish a blog post?
I usually have a clear idea of what I want to write before actually sitting down to write it so, it doesn’t take me more than 2 days. Sometimes 3.
4. If you were to name three goals you’d want your blog to achieve in the next year, what would they be?
I want to explore other genres in writing and reading too.
I really hope to reach 100 followers.
I want to develop a rapport with more bloggers.
5. What is the greatest achievement your blog has received? IF you haven’t got any, what would be the achievement you’d want to receive?
So far, winning the awards has been my greatest achievement.
6. What is your best viewed post? Share it with us by providing a link and a short description about it.
My best viewed post is Is History Trying to Tell Us Something?. The post is about how we see certain acts and parts of history repeating themselves which is intriguing to see because it seems like a sign rather than coincidence. It’s something I’ve wondered about for a while and I’m thinking of maybe writing another post to elaborate on it!
7. If you were to give out three pieces of advice to yourself as a blogger, what would they be?
Your passion for writing is why you started a blog and it should always be fun. Don’t ever let it become something you dread doing.
Remain consistent with your blog, be regular with posts and networking.
Some posts won’t do as well as others and that’s okay.
8. Which blog or blogger inspires you the most?
So, this opinion of mine is constantly changing because I come across a lot of different blogs, but I always look forward to reading Myths of The Mirror and Introverted Thoughts! They write some captivating posts and have inspired me on occasion. Do check them out!
9. What is your favorite thing about being a blogger?
I think everybody says this but my favorite part is interacting with other bloggers and reading their work. The blogosphere is such a great place and I’ve read and talked to a number of talented and like-minded writers.
10. What are your top blogging tips?
First and most importantly, don’t underestimate networking and make an effort to interact with others on the blogosphere because it is one of the core things which will help along the way. Nothing works overnight so don’t be discouraged when things are a little slow for you towards the beginning because it will pick up and you’ll be growing in no time! Also, I would give the same advice I gave myself because that’s what keeps you going too.
11. What is the most amazing thing you have ever done? (besides starting your blog)
I’ve been scuba diving, that was really cool and also being published, it’s something I hold pride in.
My Questions for Nominees:
Has COVID-19 and this year in general taught you anything?
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Which of your posts is your favorite?
What’s a place you want to visit, but have never been?
If you could pick a decade or a year to live in, which would you pick?
Why did you start blogging?
Name a movie that you can watch a million times and never be tired of.
Last week I was nominated for two awards by the amazing Tia from Tall Blonde Tales! Go check her blog out, she writes some great posts which are definitely worth the read! Tia’s been a wonderful blogging peer from the start and I was super excited to be nominated by her. She’s also initiating Blogmas on her blog so check that out too! So, thanks Tia for the nominations. Anyway, I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger and Liebster Award and since I want to focus on both, this will be a two-part awards post. Onto the Mystery Blogger Award!
“TheMystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
Nominate other bloggers of your choice
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
Share a link to your best post(s)
3 things about myself:
I can eat sushi for breakfast everyday if you ask me to.
Sketching is my go-to during writers’ block.
I’m one of those teens who’s crazy about her parents. (I mean, I’m not ashamed to say that I’m one of those rare ones :))
My best posts:
I’ve loved writing all my posts but if I had to pick favorites I think The Bechdel Test: A Call for Representation for it was a topic that I’d spent months thinking about and finally sharing my thoughts on it felt great. In terms of book reviews, I would pick Review: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee because it was not only an exceptional book which I enjoyed reviewing, but it also featured some of my best writing in my opinion!
Tall Blonde Tales’ Questions:
What have you done this week that made you feel good about yourself?
Especially this year, anytime I complete the tasks lined up on my to-do list is when I feel the most accomplished. I’m proud to say that I successfully managed to check off everything on my list this week and it sure does feel good.
What were the last 5 emojis you used?
Describe the most embarrassing incident of your life.
Sports and I, don’t exactly get along, but that never stopped me from playing them whenever I got the chance to! So, once some friends asked if I’d like to join them in a game of football. Now, I didn’t and still don’t know how to play. Yet, I agreed and went on to play with utmost confidence- the stars weren’t in my favour. Throughout the game, I scored goals for the other team, kicked the ball off the field and I’m pretty sure ‘the weather’ wasn’t the reason the game ended early. Gosh, even writing about it makes me cringe in embarrassment.
What is your best achievement in blogging till now?
Undoubtedly, my best achievement has to be being nominated for the awards. I’m so glad I started my blog because I love writing for it and interacting with everyone on the blogosphere. But, the nomination is my best achievement.
[Weird question] If you could switch places with one actor in any scene in any movie/tv show, which would it be?
I would love to be Saoirse Ronan as Jo in Little Women. It’s one of my favorite movies for a lot of reasons- the cast, the plot and it was also the last movie I saw in a theatre before they were closed. Honestly, you can name any of her scenes in the movie and I’d happily switch places.
My Questions for my Nominees:
If you could interview any famous person (a celebrity, an author, a world leader even an activist) who would it be?
What’s the first thing on your bucket list?
What motivated you to start your blog?
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
[Weird Question] Would you rather be in a musical on Broadway or part of an acapella group?