Thunder, a Flash of Lightning and a Rainbow!

Photo by Greg McCown

Photo by Greg McCown

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.

 Award Rules:

  •  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.

encouraging-thunderHere 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!

My Nominees:

  1. Arcane Owl
  2. Create to Enchant
  3. Thebrunetteinthepinkscarf
  4. Living, Learning and Letting Go
  5. Wanderlusteternal

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

20 thoughts on “Thunder, a Flash of Lightning and a Rainbow!

  1. Your post just flashed up on my laptop. I don’t know how that happened, but I realized it was no accident when I saw that you had nominated me for the award. I’m very happy that you found my blog valuable enough to be acknowledged in that way.

    I also enjoyed reading this post. I believe that a higher good can come out of any trauma, and the story you related is a good example of that!

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  2. You are a brave woman! I knew that you are a single mother, but I never could have guessed that you went through such dark and difficult phase in your life. No wonder your son is so proud of you. You are an inspiration.
    Your writing is fabulous. Good luck with publishing your work.
    I wish you and your son all the success in your lives. 🙂

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  4. Thank you, Meg! Appreciate the encouragement. It is indeed an honor to have you say that my writing is beautiful. You just made my day! 😀
    I am hopeful that I can write stories that are worthy of being published. Indeed, I have just started writing a short story inspired by my take on the six word story challenge themed Regret! I wouldnt have had the courage to start writing, were it not for the encouragement from you and other bloggers in this community.

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  5. Wow, this is a surprise! You are such a positive writer I never would have imagined you’d been through such a terrible ordeal. On the other hand, like you said, perhaps it helped shape the person you have become. I wish you continued success in your writing, which as I’ve said before is eloquent and beautiful! May the stories that you write now, outshine the ones lost in the fire! Sending you a big hug!

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  6. Welcome Rashmi. 🙂
    Every time you write and my eyes fill with tears 🙂 And yes never underestimate value of your good deeds and empathic words which inspire others. I am glad rainbow is blooming now and may God give you more bliss, peace and love.

    Love and light ❤

    Anand

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  7. Thank you so much Anand! You have no idea how much these encouraging words mean to me. 🙂
    I’m always nervous writing about my experience and past but I console the nervousness by remembering that hopefully someone us inspired to make a change in their life after reading!
    Well, the image and the title fit my story perfectly. There was thunder and lightning in my life but then I got my rainbow and it saved my life! 🙂
    Thank you again for all the sweet words 🙂

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  8. Your strength and the reasons for why you are blogging is truly something admirable. As the saying goes, you make your own happiness, and I hope you have found that happiness through blogging 🙂

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  9. Thanks Rashmi 🙂
    It was indeed a surprise. No words. This is my first blog award. Feel truly honoured to have recieved from an inspiring friend like you. Thanks a lot 🙂

    As I’m a little occupied with something at the moment. I shall surely get back to the formal acceptance of the award soon.

    Have a great day!!

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  11. Dear Rashmi 🙂

    Not just one, it brought plethora of tears in my eyes. There’s suffering in the world but resilience and rebounding back and gaining courage in the face of adversity is something admirable. That’s why you are now inspiring me and many fellow friends with your writings and charity.

    I heartily appreciate all you are doing and thank you for heartwarming words for all of us. You are an asset for blogging community and world. 🙂

    Congratulations and keep doing what you are doing.

    It’s a wonderful post in every sense. I instantly fell in love with the image and title. ❤

    Cheers!

    Anand 🙂

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