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Saturday, 27 January 2018

On Inspiration, Contentment & Feeling Alive

I don’t usually share anything personal on the blog here and I thought I’d start the New Year by giving you a little peek into the recesses of my mind. I came across this brilliant article on Bianca Bass titled ‘21 Questions to Bring You Closer to Who You Are in 2018’ and I thought I’d answer a few questions from it – it definitely made me think hard and helped to crystallise some of the things I’ve been pondering about.

Looking back on the past year, when did you feel most alive?
When I’d put on my running shoes, plug into a podcast and go for a run in the park. Though I started doing it in a bid to get healthy, I slowly began to enjoy it and saw it as a way to decompress. I loved pushing myself and setting new targets every week. By the end of summer, I could run a whole mile without stopping to catch my breath and that’s something I thought would never happen. While I know it’s mostly down to the serotonin-fuelled high, I felt completely centred, happy and alive after a good run.

What is your definition of feeling ‘alive’?
It’s all about feeling one with myself - if that makes sense. It’s like a euphoric high that you experience when you feel centred and balanced.

What does your ideal Sunday look like? 
Long lie-ins, a good hot bath, and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Who or what are you most inspired by? Why?
I draw inspiration from everything I see around me. Sometimes it’s an image that triggers an idea or sometimes it’s a string of words that gets the creative juices flowing. To be honest, it’s the mundane-ness of every day that pushes me to be creative and that’s my biggest motivation to do something. Does that make sense?

When was the last time you did something for the first time?
Hmm. This is a difficult one – I confronted a situation instead of running away from it. Does that count? 

When was the last time you did something you were afraid of?
Not in a really long time. I’m a true Piscean – I don’t like to venture into uncharted waters.

If your life stopped today, what would you regret not having tried?
The idea of starting my own business has been simmering beneath the surface for a while now. R and I have been discussing it and I have a strong gut feeling about it. While I lack a clear vision as to what I want to do, I know that I want to start something of my own. So, I’d be very disappointed if I didn’t get to do that. 

When you’re alone — truly alone, with no phone, no book, no noise, nothing — how do you feel? What does the silence feel like?
Restless. We are so attuned to always be busy that I find it hard to switch off. But, it’s my mission this year to make silence my friend. I want to embrace the quiet moments instead of reaching for the phone.

How do you respond when you don’t get what you want?
I’m a very safe player in life. I’m very cautious. I always weigh out my options before doing anything. I don’t take too many risks. I always set my expectations very low so as to not be very disappointed. But if something didn’t go my way, I’d pick myself up, and give it another go.

How do you respond to situations that force you to get out of your comfort zone?
Though it usually starts out with a little resistance, I always adapt to it quicker than I think.

What area of your life, right now, makes you feel content? What area makes you feel anxious or confused? Why?
While most aspects of my life have some semblance of balance, it's my professional life that I feel uncertain about. The confusion mostly stems from the fact that I want to do more in life. I don’t want my 9-to-5 to be the sole defining factor in my life. I want to do much more than that. I want to be creative. I want to be involved in the process of creating something. Like I’ve mentioned above, I want to start a business of my own and not having a clear vision is definitely making me feel a little unmoored.
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