The Struggle For Innocence & Authenticity

Let’s try an exercise today: I’d like you to think of at least one person whom you think is immature, childish, or unsophisticated. Take your time; no rush.

(Waiting….)

Any come to mind? No? Perhaps this might help: Such a person doesn’t conduct herself according to her age or reputation or environment. Maybe laughs or talks in a weird way. Is brazen, doesn’t know when to speak, and when to shut up. May ask for, or share, too much personal information.

(As I write this, I’m reminded of Mater from the Cars movie franchise. That’s not weird I hope.)

Does anyone come to mind now? I think by now, you probably can recall one such person. It would be fair game to call such a person immature, right?

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Unbecoming a Writer

A beginner on a creative journey, I too have faced a similar situation – unfinished drafts and discarded ideas, only because they were not as “perfect” as they could be. What good is perfection, if it leaves you paralyzed? A nice post I found useful in reminding me to write for the right reason! 🙂

InkBlots and IceBergs

There was a time, not too long ago, when I couldn’t have imagined calling myself a writer—and by “writer,” I mean the kind that gets paid to do work that’s actually published in print and credited through a byline. During that time, I did write, but I only wrote either for personal reasons (in a private journal or this blog), or for the ghostwriting assignments I took as a freelance web content writer.

During that time, I was but a girl who wrote and loved writing, but nothing more than that. And I was quite happy with how things were—I loved my craft, and it loved me back.

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And then the unthinkable happened.

The opportunity came for me to get published in this month’s issue of a national teen girls magazine, the glossy kind I liked to feel with my fingers, the smell of which I was addicted to, the…

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Things Swept Off In The Breeze…

Only those in tune with nature seem to pick up on the energy in wind. All sorts of things get swept off in the breeze – ghosts, pieces of soul, voices unsung, voices repressed, love uncherished, and a thousands galore of spiritual ether.

– Terri Guillemets

Nice quote by Terri Guillemets! I totally agree with her on this – there indeed is a certain energy in the wind, an energy separate from the physical energy of the motion of the wind particles. This other “energy” is something different, something difficult to describe, something you either feel or you don’t, something magical.

I feel that this energy knows me. Intimately. It knows how to reach deep down inside and pull me up, despite all that I may be buried under. I find few things as soothing to the soul as a stroll on a breezy night (or day even, as long as it’s not hot). Despite all that may be going on in my life, all the things that may be weighing on my mind at that moment, it transports me far away from them. In that instant, it’s just me and the wind, talking, playing, just being.

ghosts, pieces of soul, voices unsung, voices repressed, love uncherished

So much said in so few words! This is the part of the quote that really hits home for me. I’m finding it difficult to put my feelings and thoughts about them into words. But let me still take a stab: Taken individually, these words may sound melancholic, but in the overall context of the quote, they transform into something warm-and-fuzzy, something beautiful. I don’t know what other words to use, or how else to describe the emotions they trigger, but hopefully these would give you an idea. A brilliant collection of words, woven together even more brilliantly.

Truly, words are just noises and smudges; it is how we use them that gives them their immense power.  And Terri here has done an amazing job at that!

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Note: On some sites, this quote is attributed to a “Drew Sirtors”, about whom I couldn’t find any other piece of information anywhere! I don’t know if it’s a pen name for Terri Guillemets or what other reason there could be for this ambiguity. What’s even more surprising is that this is not a one-off quote by Drew – there’s another popular quote attributed to him/her, but there’s no information at all on this person! Anyways, the point is – I’m not sure to whom this quote actually belongs, but I’ve attributed it above to Terri since it was originally attributed to her the first time I came across it, and also because there seem to be more attributions to her online, than to Drew. If you have any information on the true origin of the quote, please do share!


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The Importance Of Life’s “Center”

Recently, I was the victim of one of life’s conspiracies to teach me a lesson. And although I had heard others talk about that lesson before, I had never fully realized its value and wisdom until life shoved it in my face.

And that lesson was the importance of finding a “center” in my life.

By “center” I mean something that one would love to be associated with in whatever way they can. It can be the people in one’s life, the work they do, an activity they like to engage in, or even something as abstract as a thought. The key thing is that nothing about the “center” feels like an inconvenience; just the mere thought of it should be able to bring one immediate calm and happiness.

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What Else Did I Miss Out On?

So the other day, I decided to leave a bit early from office. Now usually, my office timings are 11 to 8. But sometimes, I leave a bit early. And for anyone from my office reading this blog, let me clarify – I’m not shirking my work; I completed the required hours of work after reaching home! 😉

So, anyways, as I was saying: Sometimes I leave early. I do this so that I can get to see the sun set (I have a thing for sunsets). And there’s a stretch on the way back home that offers a very nice view, weather permitting.

I’ve seen some really beautiful sights this way, but this time, the view was extraordinary. Golden-orange sunlight streamed through openings in the clouds. I could make out the edges of the beams of light, but just barely. It was more like a golden fog descending through the clouds, diffusing as it approached the ground, slowly disappearing mid-air, before ever touching down. It was spectacular! I wish I had a photograph or video, but I was driving and couldn’t stop to take one. (The above beautiful image is not mine!)

Watching this amazing sight triggered a thought, which has finally culminated in today’s blog. And that thought was: What other wonders have I been missing out on?

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What Begins, Must End

Apart from this blog, I sometimes also write in an actual journal, a diary. I find that sometimes, you just need that physicality to writing – the sound and touch of paper, holding and moving the pen, the rhythm of the hands, instead of the mechanical “clickity-clack” of typing and staring at a white screen. And well, some thoughts are too private even for a “personal blog”. 😉

I don’t do it often – just a couple of entries a year. Sometimes even fewer. So, I’d been using that same diary for the last many, many years. But as I was writing in it this time, I realized that I had reached the end of it.

As I neared the end, I wanted to write a “goodbye” message in the little space that I had left (yeah, I’m “weird” that way), which I did. But as I began writing, I had an amusing and pleasant thought, one that I think (more like “hope”), some of you might find some beauty in. So, here I am, reproducing that final, short diary entry below:

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And just like that I’ve reached the end of this journal – a journey that began many, many years ago, with a thoughtful gift. Now, there aren’t many pages left in this diary, for another one of life’s journeys.

A little more space to continue writing would have been nice, but we don’t control how many pages we are given, and where our story ends. I guess I’d never really be ready for it to be over. So many stories left untold, incomplete. But not much that I can do about it.

Sometimes, you get a chance to wrap up your story in time, when you know the end is near, but even then, it’s not easy letting go. You wish you could continue in some way or another; just refusing to let go.

But, the end approaches, and it’s time to say, “Thank You! And Goodbye.” 🙂

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The Fire That Refuses To Die

Today I bring to you this gem:

What an amazing guy! Hats off to the guy’s spirit and will! What a fighter! Just imagine the determination, the practice, the skill it must take to do what this guy does, given his situation. Wow!

I wonder what drove him to decide to make these clay sculptures that require such deft touch, despite his disability. Did he always make these figurines, before he met with an accident apparently? Or did he choose to make them after, to take this up as a challenge, to prove to himself (and to others maybe) that he wouldn’t let his disability stand in the way, that he’ll overcome it?

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