Writing for today’s prompt meant to let you all into a little secret part of me as my strongest and best resource is my independence.
While growing up, I was a shy child and would wait to be included in a group – be it cousins or friends. The wait would bear fruit sometimes, but most often not. It hurted but I chose to immerse myself in books or writing in a diary. It followed suit, that I earned the sobriquet of being snooty.
Slowly I morphed into an introvert but with very strong opinions and a mind of my own. I developed a I-don’t-care persona around me and became a quiet child, only speaking up when it was to stand up for myself or to make a point.
Over the years this trait cocooned me from a lot of hurt, though not loneliness. But how long could the pupa stay hidden?
My transformation into a social butterfly happened when I moved away from home to start my career in a strange new and glitzy city. Staying on my own gave me immense freedom to do things my way, even when it meant not knowing whether I was doing it the right way.
I realised it was my lack of confidence and self-esteem which made me shy as a child.
As an adult living independently, I learnt to spread my wings to do things I had not ever imagined I could or would do.
- Joined a workshop to learn the exotic dance form Salsa (never mind the two left feet)
- Cooked impromptu meals for 10 people (when I didn’t even cook for myself)
- Made friends on commutes (terribly long ones in a metro cities)
- Traveled alone at odd hours (even odder transports too)
- Drove a car in New Delhi (sans google maps) and wasnt shy to ask for directions from strangers
- Explored the nooks and corners of Delhi from Priya, Sarojini Nagar, Dili Haat, NGMA, museums, underground markets to theatre circuits of BCL, SiriFort, Kamani – all by myself
- Took up sketching classes in Lodhi garden
- Photography workshops wherein I explored some terrific Delhi monuments and spaces ( Humayun tomb, Jantar Mantar, Phool Mandi)
I evolved into an adventurous person, out to live her life to the fullest.The lack of company didn’t deter me from going to movies, shopping, enjoying a drive on a rainy day, or joining hobby classes.
In time,my status changed from being lonely to being on my own. I learnt to not get bored ever in my company. My biggest strength has been my independence and the confidence to harness it to live my life on my own terms.I live and let live!!! Click To Tweet
Today, I treat myself to a sunday brunch at my favourite cafe where it’s just me and my current read and a glass of my favourite vino!!!
Hola my readers – what did you of my biggest resource? What do you think is your greatest strength?
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