Yay!!! Today, Nov 5th, marks the first anniversary of ‘The Peepal’ and my first birthday as ‘underthepeepal’. Looking back at the first time I pressed the ‘publish’ button (that was for my first post Welcome to peepal, people!), I realize how much this blog was able to grow due to the unconditional love and support I received (and I’m still receiving) from my WP family. I owe you all a lot for the pleasant journey I had over the past year. Thank you!!!
My life as a blogger really helped me to survive tough times. I started blogging as creative writing is the most effective way of dealing with one’s inner turmoil. It was during a time when I had to face some setbacks and betrayals, with my friendship zone being depleted all of a sudden..
Many things happened over the past 1 year. In a way, I’m grateful as a lot of good things had happened, compared to tiring ones. I had the honor of sharing my thoughts with many like-minded, lovely individuals, of various ages and backgrounds, both on wordpress and in my offline life. I was able to realize the fact that there are people who had overcome situations much much worse than mine, and their stories are inspirational. WP family has taught me that writing is such a powerful tool through which we can do our tiny bits to make this world a better place. I also grew as an amateur writer, and words flow more naturally now.
Things got better in my offline life too…The Goddess of Forgiveness granted me with the boon to forgive and forget all the unpleasantness I had to face in my life last year (this is evident from the fact that the number of ‘friendship’ and ‘betrayal’ themed posts have come down drastically over the past few months). I’m now able to smile wholeheartedly at my ‘ex-friends’, having come to accept that everything was for the better. Now that I think about it, every event in my life was a trigger to something better. When my old friendships withered away, I began to be independent and started on a journey of self-discovery and self-reflection. This was the beginning of this blog. Today, I have the happiness of being friends with some of the most adorable people I know. The most surprising part is that they are the very ones I thought I’d never be friends with…Many a times, God leads us through stinky streets to reach the Royal palace where we actually belong to. All we must do is trust him to take us there, no matter how stinky and dirty the streets seem to be.
Apart from really awesome bloggers who have been like mentors and friends to me on my blogging journey, I was also blessed with several non-WP supporters, including my family and friends, who have helped me grow as an individual and as a writer through their constructive criticism and active encouragement. I have friends who look forward to my posts, and I feel truly happy when they give their frank opinions.
Through WP, I was able to discover different kinds of people – the very ones I was looking for. I found several beautiful poetic souls, spiritual and humanistic kindred spirits, brave ones who have fought the trials of their lives, intellectuals who think in the most philosophical and scientific ways, dauntless ones who do not hesitate to point fingers at the ugliness of the world, romantics who see the beauty even in the beasts that dominate humanity, artists and photographers who capture the surprises we overlook, the hopeless anime-manga maniacs(like me), homemakers who inspire us through their computers (despite all the struggles of maintaining a household), and professionals who find time amid their busy schedules to share their wisdom with us…I had come across people of various ages, and belonging to different parts of this globe. The biggest lesson I learnt was that at the end of the day, each of us are unique, yet the same.
By the way…I can’t help but declare how glad I’m for having started blogging. It was through WP that I found my fellow blogger friend, Nayana, who introduced me to BTS. Though I had known kpop for a while, I was never a fan of any kpop artist before that. BTS changed my life for the better. Discovering them was one of the best things that happened last year and in my life (Nayana! I owe you!!!😘).
Now this post sounds like a vote of thanks…But, oh well..I wouldn’t feel good unless I express how much I owe my fellow bloggers, readers, friends and family. At this junction, I should confess that I owe the most to my parents who, despite the occasional threats to shut my blog down if I don’t do as good in my academics as I’m capable of, still support me in this venture. Special thanks to my beloved ‘Amma’ (mom) whose creative genes I’ve inherited, and to my dear ‘Acha’ (dad) with whose insights I was nurtured, and to my brother who read my blogs in spite of his usual reluctance to read.
I won’t prolong this post any further. Allow me to summarize my thoughts this way :
I sit under the peepal, ever keen,
With friends and family unseen
Sharing our wisdom, joy and pain;
In return, satisfaction is what I gain.
Thank you so much..and I love you all!!!
P.S : I won’t be able to post for a few weeks as I’ll be busy with my end semester exams. Like I stated above, I should be concentrating on my academics in order to secure my future both as an aspiring physicist and as an aspiring writer. Meanwhile, I regret not being able to visit all my fellow bloggers and to read their (your) posts. I promise I’ll get back to everyone once my vacation begins.😊