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The blogging journey begins…but who am I?

For the last two or three years, as bloggers have come onto my radar – some famous and some my own family and friends – I have consistently rejected countless requests to share my life and thoughts on my own online blogging platform. (Whilst quite happily publicising my life on Facebook and Instagram, I might add!) In my view, I was not an expert in any field. I was not an important person or a celebrity. So why would anyone want to hear from me? Why would I spend a few hours every month writing for strangers? But then, I changed my mind. Like I always do!

At the beginning of 2018, as my team and I embarked upon a journey of reflection around Shiva Foundation’s future strategy, I also embarked upon an internal journey of self-discovery around my personal strategy for living life. I sought to not only ask myself some difficult questions, but to also come up with some actual answers. Although I acknowledge that a combination of grace, blessings, luck – and of course hard work – have got me to where I am today. I sought to dig a little deeper. I wanted to be fully resourced to ride the bigger waves and obstacles that clearly await me.

And so, whilst I still presume that people may not be specifically interested in my life, I do feel that I am in a position to share some of my learnings and experiences, as I reflect on the past, live in the present and prepare for the future. As I negotiate between the life happening to me and the life that I choose to make happen. As I try to change the world, yet still struggle every day to sufficiently plan and navigate my life. Case in point: falling flat on my face when I can’t even sort out a simple fight between my two young boys.

“Whilst I still presume that people may not be specifically interested in my life, I do feel that I am in a position to share some of my learnings and experiences”

In general, we all choose to share our successes, rather than our failures and confusion. We paint our lives as being pink and rosy and our use of social media only seems to reinforce this. But by only publicising our successes, we are unintentionally facilitating feelings of inadequacy among our peers.

“My ultimate inspiration is to use my truth to build bridges and lines of communication with individuals around the world who are passionate about the same things as me”

This year, I accepted that each and every person is fighting their own battles, no matter who they are or what they do. If only we spent more time as a society sharing the rainy days and quite simply, the truth, then perhaps we could all begin to help and empower one another. So, what does that mean for me in terms of my life going forward?

I have decided to make it my mission to share my truth through writing and sharing the real stories that have brought me to where I am today, which means that I am writing again for the first time since my dissertation at University! Quite frankly, it feels pretty great to be able to be honest in a way that I couldn’t before.

So, it is through this truth that I hope to reach out to the young people I meet every day that feel intimidated by the successes of others and also confused in a world full of choices – yet, have so much potential to make a difference. I also hope to reach out to my colleagues and fellow peers locally and internationally who are facing the same challenges and continue to doubt themselves and their abilities on a daily basis.

With that said, my ultimate aspiration is to use my truth to build bridges and lines of communication with individuals around the world who are passionate about the same things as me. And as my life has always been about sharing, this blog is just another way for me to do this, but on a larger and wider scale.

For now, though, I must sign off as duty calls, but please feel free to reach out and request anything that you might want to hear from me, and I’ll see what I can do in the coming months…