Hello, friends! How have you all been? I hope it was a good week; I hope life treated you well. I have been fine, too; going with the flow. But, that's what we are supposed to do, that's all we are supposed to do - go with the flow, isn't it?
So, do you have your coffee mugs ready, brimming with your favourite brew, brimming with love and warmth? Let's then have our weekly tete-a-tete, shall we? Where would you prefer to sit - the outdoors or the indoors?
Which is that special corner in your home where you like to settle down with your coffee mugs and contemplate, or simply stare into space as you sip your coffee and give your overworked mind a much-needed break?
My favourite place is the balcony. I have placed a short wooden stool there, on which I like to perch myself and talk to my plants, watch the sparrows peck on the grains I set out for them. It's calm and quiet there (except for the chirps) and I tend to get lost deep in my thoughts. The train of my thoughts chugs along from place to place, seldom halting for a breather! My stream of consciousness!
I have had this habit of getting lost in thoughts right since childhood. My father called me Dream Girl, because I was forever daydreaming! As a child, I preferred the company of my dreams than the company of my books. Now, as an adult, I still prefer being in my Fantasy Land.
There come testing times in our life that ruin our peace of mind and happiness. These tough times - they come and go, like the seasons of the year. Each of us has a different approach of facing such times. Some of us dive headlong into the raging ocean to fight the killer whales and swim our way to safety. Others, like me, prefer disconnecting ourselves from reality even as we battle against those killer whales - disconnecting from reality to find solace in that fantasy land we visit for our share of some tranquility.
Battling the killer whales reminds me of this very strong woman, who, sadly, is no more. I speak about J. Jayalalitha, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, or as she was famously known - The Iron Lady of Tamil Nadu. I have never been interested in politics or politicians. So, I never really read much about her or her work. It's just after her demise that I read about the kind of strong woman that she was.
Politics is a dirty game, a cliche, no doubt, but a grim reality. And, playing the game with finesse is an art she developed while fighting the killer whales that infest the raging ocean called 'Indian Politics'.
I won't go deep into all that she accomplished as a leader. I am more concerned about how she led her life. Her lonely childhood, her years in the film industry and then her life in politics. She was revered as Amma, mother, to her people. And, yet, despite having received such veneration from the people of her state, in the end she was all by herself. None from her family sat by her bedside, holding her hand as she fought the battle between life and death. Tragic, indeed. How did she fight this battle of loneliness within her heart, far from the prying eyes of the world? How did she accept destiny that had gifted her a huge number of followers but none to caress her lonely heart? We will never know that, will we?
We women are blessed with immense strength, a fact that most of us are oblivious to. We often fear the world, the patriarchal society we live in, the circumstances that test us, but seldom do we assure ourselves that we have it in us to face it all with a tenacity and power that could put the men to shame. There are a countless women like Jayalalitha, who laugh in the face of danger and keep moving ahead in life with astonishing strength.
Today's post is a tribute to you all women who have faced a countless hurdles to reach the goals you set out for yourself. It is a salute to the spirit in you, the bravery with which you conduct yourself, the elan with which you carry yourself, confidently, fearlessly. And, for the few moments that you feel afraid, well, remember this: It's not brave if you are not scared.
So, keep going, my dear women. Keep fighting your battles with every ounce of strength that you have been blessed with. And, be proud of yourself, of the fact that you made it in spite of the thousand people who convinced you otherwise, in spite of the thousand stumbling blocks that tested your valour. Keep going...keep fighting.
Until next week...take care cos I care! 💖