So the very kind rustygarnersmith has nominated me for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much for this! It’s really appreciated. 😀 😀 Do check out his blog!
Below are the 10 questions posed by him that I had to answer. Thanks a lot for these awesome questions. It was really fun thinking and answering them. Hope that through these answers, all of you would feel like you know me a little better. 🙂
1) Now that you are here in the magical realm of the blogosphere, what do you want?
From time to time, I wonder: Erase my name. And what is left of me?
And that’s one of the reasons I started this blog. I wish that through my writing, I would be able to paint a little color over someone’s day. And I hope that if I repeat it often enough, there will be something (a thought, a memory, a contemplation on the world, a spark of hope) – which would left a mark, or at least a trace of a purposeful existence.
2) What is your inner animal?
I used to think of myself as a wolf: independent, somewhat a loner, but extremely loyal to my pack. But then, I realized that I’m not fierce or cool enough to be a wolf. So maybe a puppy-ish wolf? But that’s just weird. Lol.
But then I began to think of myself, particularly of my ideas… as fireflies. A firefly is not the most beautiful, strong, or intelligent creature. In fact, they are small and ordinary. But within their limitations, they light up, like a transient flicker of hope in the night.
And not just that, I also started to view human interactions as a gathering of fireflies. When we are alone, our light is faint. But what makes humanity beautiful is when a bunch of us are sharing our ideas and dreams together, which gradually illuminate the dark.
So my inner animal? Perhaps a firefly… that is flying, looking for her pack, hoping to light up someone’s heart, even if it’s just for a little while.
3) On your blog, are you public, or private, in regard to your personal self?
I guess it depends on which angle you’re looking at. On one hand, I’m pretty private, meaning I don’t really share about my daily life (what I ate, do, etc.), or post many photos of myself.
On the other hand, all of the things I wrote about are contemplations that are based on my experiences. And in some ways, I view these thoughts as something that are a lot more personal, than simply writing about my daily activities.
4) Are you happy in your present place in this life?
Yeah, for most of the time, I’m content. And honestly, it doesn’t take much to make me happy. I try to be thankful in little things, and that above all, keeps me in a peaceful state of mind. When I’m upset, I just need to listen to music and read, and escape into the world of fictions – and I bounce back pretty easily.
However, I wouldn’t say that I’m satisfied at my current place in this life. There are things that I dream to achieve, and things that I hope I would have the chance to do in the future. Sometimes, they seem so far away… Still, it makes me happy (albeit a little scared too) when I think about them.
5) If I could give you one wish, what would that be?
What a difficult question. I want to control time and space. Or maybe control elements. Or be an undercover superhero. Or at least, a pretty samurai. XD
–Not possible? Well, okay… I suppose, I just want to have a group of close friends that I can always be with. Many of my closest friends and loved ones are currently living out of country. And although I’m not necessarily lonely, I think it would be nice to be around people who can walk alongside you, isn’t it?
6) What would be your ideal job?
Something that is non-monotonous. I’m currently working in a start-up-ish company, which is great because I get to do many things (mainly HR, design, and marketing) at the same time.
I honestly don’t know what my ideal job is. I like my work right now. But when I’m tired, I like to imagine I have a flower shop, and create flower arrangements all day. Sometimes, I imagine myself as a chef in my bakery, while I’m dream to build a school and teach children. Another times, I wanted to be a painter and writer at the same time. Or perhaps, travel the world and study societal behaviors.
In the end perhaps, I like something entrepreneurial. I just hope that wherever my path leads me… I would be able to create value to the society and the people around me.
7) Do you have a favorite kind of pet?
Not really. I had tortoise, fishes, hamsters, and rabbits. All of the died. 😥 I like to admire puppies on screen, but sometimes get scared of dogs in real life.. hahaha. But anyways, I absolutely adore cartoon / stuffed-animal versions of sheeps. I just don’t think that they can be considered as pet.
8) Are you able to discuss, religion, politics, or feelings openly, with strangers?
It depends, really. I have the tendency to speed-read people, and thus, I’m pretty selective when discussing about feelings, religion, or politics in a face-to-face conversations. Most of the times, I like to listen to their views more than sharing them.
But then again, I write pretty openly about them – when technically, this blog is read by “strangers”. Though really, I don’t think of my audience as strangers. We are like these kindred spirits, connected through ideas. And the more I write and read their comments and writings, the closer I feel to my readers. 🙂
9) Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently, and of course, why?
I wanted to say I have no regrets – but that sounds so cliché. I do regret some stuff I did, and I had a lot of “what-ifs”… but I learned to just let them go. We all experienced hardship and made mistakes and stupid decisions at some points in our life. But I believe… with time, all things works together for good.
I would advise my younger self to perhaps be more open towards people, and not to be scared of emotions. I would tell her to always have courage, that whatever happened: yes, you’re okay, you’ll survive, and you’ll live past 20. (And I know for a fact, that it comes true).
So here are my nominations:
1. aerumeldir (In Between Two realities)
One of my favorite writers! He puts the words that I wanted to say but couldn’t quite utter into writing.
2. Terrible Poker Face
She has such a sassy, honest, and humorous writings on the adventures / misadventures of love. It’s a fun blog to read.
3. Mikavelli (Learn Inspire Fight Excel)
Interesting and thought provoking commentary on society.
4. Arwen (Lapis Lazuli)
Full of Beautiful quotes and musings.
5. Isabella (Pearls)
Thoughtful and heartfelt blog of a kindhearted writer
6. Maiko Natsukawa (A Stunt Actor’s Wisdom)
The title says it all. Earnest voice of a woman with an interesting experience.
7. tipptippyyow (Atikly yours)
8. Liberal Soul (Simple Thoughts, Profound Results)
He writes in an daring voice, about things that often cause you to pause and think.
The Rules for the Award:
• Put the Liebster Award logo on your blog
• Thank and tag the blog who nominated you
• Answer their questions and come up with 10 new ones for you nominees.
• Nominate 8 blogs with less than 200 followers, let them know you’ve nominated them and link them in your post
• No tag-back
My questions to all of you:
1. Why do you write?
2. How would you explain your basic life philosophy?
3. If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you want to have seen?
4. What is the best compliment that you hope someone will give you?
5. What is your best / favorite memory?
6. Who do you admire most / your hero? (Can be fictional, living person, or a historical figure). Why?
7. What cheers you up?
8. What is the most daring or spontaneous thing that you have ever done?
9. What are you most afraid of?
10. If you can have any one wish… what do you wish for?
Have fun, and congratulations! Hope all of you will always continue to write, and I’m looking forward to read your answers. 🙂
P.S. This is actually the second time I got nominated. But I didn’t follow through with the first nomination from OfOpinions – and honestly, I didn’t have any good excuses.
Dear Amrita, So sorry about it. >_< I really appreciate the fact that you nominated me, but it was just around the time that I had to stop writing for a few months. And well, when I was back in late January… I thought it’s already too late. #sweatdrop #bowsapologetically.