Nominated: Me?

First of all, I think I caught a bad case of blogitis again. Thankfully, I’m alright and refreshed through The Oddity Writer’s recent nominations for these two neat blog awards. Congratulations to Daniel on his achievement and a warm thank you for nominating me. Sometimes I feel like all of you are being too kind to a lazy stranger like me. On a semi-related note, I’ve reached 100 follows and I feel slightly guilty for not posting regularly. Thanks for both feelings, guys.

After reading through Daniel’s Q&A section, I’ve finally scribbled down some thoughts.

1. What is your fondest memory?
My fondest memory is having and making a first friend at my new school when I was 5. I had previously been transferred from another school that offered me little to no prospect – I was bullied and I had no friends. Coming to a new school, I had the great fortune of meeting a girl who would greet me with a smile and hug every morning.

Without her, I would have remained friendless throughout the year; I barely spoke and it wasn’t uncommon for me to play alone in kindergarten. Though the time I knew her was short, she made such a lasting impression on me that I am eternally grateful for. The only reason why that friendship ended was because she has to go back to her home country, and we fell out of touch.

2. Who or what motivates you to do your best, or to be the best you can be?
My mother. This answer is more than a little cliché, but it is a truthful one. Without my mother, there would be no me. Essentially I am a living extension of her and her stories live on through me. I see her now as a woman who has sacrificed so much just to see her children get chances in life.

Obviously, my friends and other family have been more than just friends and family; supporting what I do and encouraging me not to give up. As for what, it’s mainly because life is finite for the most part. To me, it makes sense to go chasing after perfection than not to try at all.

3. Talk about your personal strengths and weaknesses.
Sensitivity is a double-edged sword. Being highly sensitive is like having a sword with spokes along both edges. It can serve you well and be a hindrance. I am more apt to spill years when I come across a stressful situation – be it in writing or of an earthly nature. At the same time, I can pick up how people are feeling through unintentional observation. Obviously, I’m also stubborn and funny (in both senses of the word), of which there is no contest to.

4. How has writing and WordPress influenced your life?
Writing and reading are two sides of the same coin (here I go discussing objects and their multidimensional surfaces again). Writing was always a hobby for me, as was reading – it was just adding fuel to fire. Writing is a very cathartic experience for me because it allows someone like me – an introvert – to express themselves, in ways they couldn’t possibly do through other methods. WordPress has been a great platform in exposing me to the rest of the world, reminding me of the kindness and undiscovered talent that still exists.

5. How did you pick your blog name?

Well, I actually come up with a few names for the blog. One was ‘simpleefly’ and the other was ‘simply inspirational’. I decided to use a portmanteau of the latter because I didn’t want to use a fly in the header image, although I wanted to send the message of being able to soar into the skies, while simplifying life. The idea was to provide some sort of inspiration to myself and others to pursue their dreams and making difficult times, simple.

6. Do you have a favorite book?
This would have been an easier question to answer when I was a decade younger. My favorite children’s book would have been Dick-King Smith’s ‘Find the White Horse’. It always helps to nurture empathy by personification of animals. As for a current favorite book, a definite answer is something I could not give you. Among my favourites list however: Paul Coelho’s The Alchemist, Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel, Maus, Martin Booth’s autobiography Gweilo and Erik Mo’s badly drawn life story, Tales of a Young Urban Failure.

7. What word of advice – what moral or message would you give to your followers?
My advice would be not to follow my advice. That is, strictly. I would much rather that you carve your own sculpture than following a set mould. You should only use the words of other’s as guides and not commandments because contexts change. If in doubt, your heart holds the true answer as an internal compass. But just like any compass, there can be false signals and emotional interference. You need to be able to filter truth and reality from false premises.

Now, my turn to be interviewer (yes,finally). I have partial answers to some of these questions, but it’s your time to shine.

1. Name your favorite childhood past-times.

2. Have you ever had a near-death experience? If so, do tell.

3. Why did you decide to start your blog?

4. What is the one thing or a pet peeve that you simply cannot stand?

5. What is your guilty pleasure?

6. Name three public figures that you look up to and tell me why.

7. Give me a quote from a book, film or song that has stuck with you.

Here are the nominees and my two cents on each… they’re all great though. Please take the time to check them out. Remember, what goes around, comes around.

Happy blogging everyone.

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