When does thunder make you happy? When it brings with it a rainbow, of course! And that is exactly what the Encouraging Thunder Awards do. It encourages your thunder with a rainbow and maybe a flash of lightning!
One person who deserves such a thunder is Anand who works tirelessly to support us fellow bloggers. So I am deeply humbled and honored to be nominated by him for this award! But much more than the nomination, I value the friendship with Anand and other bloggers in the Blogging 101 Alumni! In that spirit, I take this opportunity to thank each one of you for the support, kindness and generosity.
Before, I talk too much and you all start looking for tissues to wipe off that tiny drop of tear (that I guarantee by the end of this post), here are the rules for this award.
- The nominee posts the Award on their blog and adds the logo.
- Pass it on by nominating others (five is the suggested number).
- Thank the person that nominated you; also add their URL to your post for ping back.
- Mention your purpose for blogging.
Here is my list of some wonderful bloggers I have been interacting with, who truly deserve this award! There are many other bloggers that I want to add to my list, but they have all either been nominated for this award already or have a no award policy!
- Arcane Owl
- Create to Enchant
- Living, Learning and Letting Go
My purpose for blogging:
(*Caution – reading further may leave you in a state of melancholy, you have been warned!)
I grew up with books, books and more books. My mom often reminisces how, as a toddler, I would go to bed only if I had a book in hand. Both my mom and dad are voracious readers, so it was not a surprise that my sister and I buried ourselves in books! Our parents encouraged us to read as much as we could, they also encouraged us to write. I started writing poems and short stories inspired by everything around me.
My reading and writing continued until I graduated from college during which time I evolved as a writer. I wrote a collection of short stories in my journal hoping to publish them one day.
Then, someone walked into my life, who I thought was going to be the person I would spend the rest of my life with. I was married at the young age of 21. Few months into my married life and disaster struck when the abuse started. It was abusive in every sense of the word – physical, mental, emotional, psychological, financial, all of it. This kind of abuse, the torture of having to live with it and not being able to break free threw me into a dark, depressive world. I tried to find solace in my writing and reading, which my abuser realized. And, he spitefully burned off my journal with the collection of short stories! That experience and many such experiences pushed me more and more into depression taking me further and further away from my world of books.
A couple of years later, I had my greatest joy in the form of my son! When the abuse extended to my little boy, I became a lioness, a lioness protecting her cub! I retaliated, fought back fiercely and broke free along with my son. Ever since, I started to rebuild myself creating a happy and positive environment for my son and me. While I was rejuvenating, I decided to share my experience and start writing again. Unfortunately, I could not write as well as I used to! Every time I sat down to write, I would visualize the scene of my burning journal and would give up. I briefly maintained an online journal until I switched to hand writing in my journal.
I started working with organizations for women and child welfare and became a women empowerment and child rights advocate. Although, I was happy with the work I was doing, I could sense the nagging feeling in my head telling me to write again. That was when I decided that I will blog about my life experience, thus helping to spread awareness on various causes. This gives me an opportunity to write as well as spread the message to help people!
And that, my friends, is my purpose for blogging! (Tissues out yet? No? Hey…I am usually successful in getting a tear drop :P)
Although, I had to face such adversity, I believe that it has made me stronger and the person that I am today. So for that reason, I forgive my abuser. It has given me my son and our strong bond of love and respect for each other. So, for that reason, I thank my abuser.
OK…I guess that’s enough, I don’t want to turn this post into a sad saga! 🙂
Thank you reading so far and thank you all, once again, for the support! Cheers