Does being alone scare you?
It probably freaked me out a few years ago but as I sit and type this post from my apartment in Zurich where I am on a 2.5 month business trip all alone, I realise how much I love this “me time”. As a mother of a toddler and a career woman, I seldom find time for myself. Thinking of the 5 things which occupy my time and give me a sense of contentment and adrenaline rush- here is the list!
- Reading- A total bibliophile I am and I take pride in the fact. I don’t do the serious stuff like sci- fi, non fiction but am purely a fiction, light breezy read kind of person. Sophie Kinsella, Jodi Picoult, JK Rowling are some of my favourite authors. I realise a book can create so much magic, it can take you to a new world and it fuels your imagination as a writer. The gift of reading is the best gift I have received from my mom.
- Writing- I discovered this late in life and thats probably the only regret. I had loads of free time before getting hitched, or even before the baby but the writing bug had to hit me only after Angel came- while one hand put her to sleep, the other furiously typed on the iPhone. Nevertheless, nothing beats the feeling of writing your heart out and people relating to what you write. When someone tells me- “I Love your writing. I wake up sometimes and read it and it resonates with me, you have the power to inspire” That feeling is the best in the world.
- Dancing- I had learnt Bharatnatyam for a few years a child and that helped me develop the grace element. Thereafter my relationship with dance has been more of “put on the music and groove.” My daughter and I do it together now. The best part of going to an office party is dancing. It makes me come alive and gives me a high.
- Shopping- I know people find this funny and are always using it as a joke to poke fun of women. But, when I earn, I am entitled to spend my money as I wish! I would rather splurge it on things I like (after taking care of the necessary stuff) rather than stash it away and leave the world one day not having lived the life I wished for. I love branded handbags, shoes from Clarks, my stash of Mac lipsticks and dresses from Dorothy Perkins. I cant stop loving them- sans the guilt.
- Solo travel- This is the new bug which has bitten me as I travelled here for work and realised being in such a beautiful country, it would be a shame if I don’t make the most of it. Travelling solo (which I did for a short period in Hong Kong a few years ago) is a life changing experience which helps one rediscover them. Loving every part of this journey, I am writing a travel series which you can read on my blog.
There would be no joy in life it was a mundane existence- of going to college, work, coming back, plonking oneself in front of the TV and going to bed. As much as well love to spend time with our family and friends, it’s important to have a few things which can be done alone and give a sense of contentment. It might sound silly to others but as long as it rejuvenates you, that’s what matters.
What’s that one thing which gives you that adrenaline rush?
About the writer: Akshata Ram is a Chartered Accountant by profession, someone who is passionate about her career and aspires to grow. Her heart lies in writing- she writes on various topics ranging from fiction, relationships. women at the workplace, sexism, parenting stories. She loves to dabble in micro fiction, writing a story in 33 words is a challenge but equally rewarding. She was recently chosen by Women Web as one of the Top 10 Indian women bloggers to be followed. Apart from her own blog www.akswrites.com she also blogs at Women’s Web, Bonobology, Mycity4kids and Sheroes.
From Akshata to me : I got to know Romila through Twitter- particularly the Tiniature micro fiction challenge that Gayatri Gadre was running. She is one of the coolest, sweetest bloggers who despite her diverse and rich experience in blogging is ever ready to support and encourage new bloggers. Congrats on the milestone on your blog and may it grow leaps and bounds.
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