May is the beautiful month of beauty, warmth , work, and birthdays (including the blog’s birthday)
The nourish-n-cherish saga is now officially an adult in the muggle world (18 years of age)
Over 1080 posts in, the blog seems to have had its own growth.
In the beginning , it was a place for short anecdotes on family and children.
Over time, as it neared school going age, I suppose the blog grew too
It started showing interests in varied subjects: gravitating towards science and nature based subjects for sure, but also retaining that shy curiosity about life and a sense of humor as we navigated the vicissitudes of life.
- My Family and Other Animals
- Normal life in the extraordinary beauty of nature’s bounty
- Dr Oliver Sacks, Paul Nurse, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Ed Yong
- An appreciation of planet to which we all belong
It isn’t as personal as a diary, so I doubt it will serve as a pensieve, but it serves as a cup of joy from which to sip when in a reminiscing mood.
🧘🏼♀️There were times when I could philosophize, contemplate, marvel in safety.
Whatever it’s purpose was while starting out, I think I can safely say that it has helped along several dimensions (like a snowflake)
When first I started moving out of only personal anecdotes to writing a thing or two on a book I read etc, it seemed to have opened a door to innate curiosity.
Suddenly, I was more interested in varied topics, trying to understand different perspectives, open my mind to areas that I otherwise might not have had the opportunity to, etc. Inevitably, with all this fodder came the benefits of cross pollination, the joys of thinking through things, or the rewards of quiet contemplation.
In short, what started as a hobby soon became a source of such gratification, learning and joy that I could not help sharing with my friends (who, for their part have been nothing short of spectacular with reading, inspiring and encouraging me)
There have been times I’ve wondered what it all amounts to.But then I realize that it already has amounted to magnitudes more than I thought possible (sometimes human imaginations are limited.)
⚡️Those moments when I am spinning ideas in my head, and have to stop mid-stride when a thought strikes.
⛈The magic of writing, re-writing and re-rewriting to get a piece right.
👻The frustration of unfinished pieces from a decade ago because of lack of time.
∫ The joy of tucking a good memory away so it can replenish us in written form later.
The thrill of creativity as new ideas come in – the long list of children’s books ideas waiting to be written (also novellas & short stories) I have wisely given up on the idea of a novel given the constraints of time – but one never knows!
To all of you who have joined me on this journey, whether gamely taking it in your stride when featured, or given me things to think about as part of our stimulating conversations, or inspired me to try new things, or just being there in my life: Thank You!