We skipped Soulful Sundays last week, mostly because I was unable to type, but this has been one of the most eventful weeks of my life!
For the most part, it was a week of ups and a couple of downs; the thing I am most grateful for is the lessons I’ve learnt about myself as well as the people in my life, thanks to just this week alone.
The whirlwind week started last Saturday as a group of bloggers set out to meet for an outdoor adventure trip.
This was soon followed by the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the SURGE Conference in Bangalore. A post on that will follow soon.
This is more traveling and moving around in one week than I have done in 5 years put together. Yes, I live a quiet life, for the most part.
What also happened this week was something online. A large part of my professional and personal life is online and I have no qualms admitting it. However, on Friday night, I almost gave it all up, because I’d become tired of justifying myself, my fight with depression and my social media presence to my naysayers. Fed up, I put up this post on Facebook, saying that I’ve had it with those who chose to draw me down with their negativity but that I’m here to stay.
Yes, it was an eventful week. More than the events themselves though, I’m grateful for the life lessons I gleaned from each incident that occurred.
- Stepping out of the comfort zone can be scary but it’s worthwhile if it means it helps you overcome your inhibitions and try something new. A walk on unsteady logs suspended from ropes can put things in perspective. My daughter was awed by the way I pulled myself up and continued walking to finish the challenge. The shine in her eyes as she looked at me and said, ‘Amma, you’re very brave’ was enough to soothe the purple bruise on my arm. (That and a few painkillers, of course)
- Attending the conference made me realise why I fell in love with blogging in the first place. It was a thrill to network with so many people who had decided to follow their passion: start-ups, entrepreneurs, eager businesses looking for investors. The passion that drives us all brings us together and binds us all the time.
- Speaking on video, by itself, is not new to me, although it’s been many years since I did it last. However, speaking up about mental health in public made me realise that this is a big step forward for us as a society, where we consciously work towards removing the stigma around mental health and make the narrative an easy one for people to identify with.
- The biggest lesson though was the one which came from my online support group. I am still incredibly touched by the flood of good wishes and love that my status evoked. It’s also an affirmation of the fact that for every naysayer in this world, I have a 100 people who will back me up.
It’s not easy to do the things that challenge our boundaries. But to do so and walk away with our heads held high, knowing that it makes a difference to someone somewhere, now that is a takeaway that I can both live with and look at with pride.
How was your week, dear reader?
Was it one that you will look back upon with gratitude?