As cliché as it may sound, when I saw the words ‘You’ve won The Listserve!’, I read and re-read them (almost thinking that it maybe someone’s subject line). But, it was Me!!! Yay :).
I’d want to keep it short! Life can be difficult, at times, so whenever it gets tough, go spend some time doing something that you love. Explore, re-discover, re-invent! I have been able to come out through the most difficult of times (read: a divorce just five months ago) by investing time in my greatest passion – travelling. It liberates you, makes you explore, and also makes you feel so humble and thank god for giving you the opportunity to experience something so beautiful. I travelled to Spiti Valley, Himachal, India, which felt like heaven on earth. So, guys, go travel. I think I am the best version of myself when I travel. And, if travelling doesn’t make you as happy…go bake, dance, read…do whatever puts that smile back on. Of course, the other thing that I really love with all my heart is my work. I am a writer and voice artist by profession, and love every, every bit of my two super-creative industries. If anyone wants to get a recording (in English, Hindi, or Gujarati), connect with me and I’d be happy to work with you! It’s my work that was my best escape, motivator, and everything in between (not to forget my amazing parents, family, friends and counselor…damn, this award speech!)
Don’t ever have any, any, any regrets in life whatsoever. If you have to bend or break to save a relationship, do it. It’s okay if it doesn’t work, but if you don’t try enough, trust me, a few years down the line, you may just regret not putting in that extra effort. If it doesn’t work out, then I am sure, it wasn’t mean to be.
Apart from travelling, I love reading. I’m currently reading ‘Still Alice,’ which has managed to choke me up quite often. I usually alternate between a happy book and a rather emotional one. Helps balance it all! And, movies! I can spend my life in an auditorium, or having movie marathons at home.
I guess, that sums it up. Here’s wishing you all a great end to the year that is, and a super beginning to the one that will be. And, keep the awesome Listserve messages rolling!!!!
Benaifer J. Mirza