Like someone once said,
If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.
Ditto for people. Whether it seems obviously true or not, it is not the obvious cakewalk surely.
As individuals, we always seem to have a construct or are probably busy building one in our little heads that we assume is the universe. It maybe. Or may not. That’s beside the point. But how often do we really listen and understand what others say? And then what fraction of us understand ourselves better after reading something against our belief? How many times is our faith in something restored, reinforced, made stronger by the opponent’s fallacies? And how often are we willing to bend our little rules and think beyond the seemingly superficial?
That makes me wonder about blogs. And people behind it.
I wonder if person A who reads person B’s blog before meeting her would understand B better and be more empathetic than if A had met B at a social gathering? Would A understand B’s point of view better through a blog than in-person? B may not be candid or share innermost thoughts at a party but there will be little behaviours that may put A off. However, B expressing those very behaviours in a blog prompt A to give a hug and say that it is perfectly fine!
I understand that blogs are meant to be an honest expression. So, we will only consider that the blog is an honest expression in our case. If a person expresses herself/himself and reasons out in a blog, I tend to see people being extremely supportive and sharing hugs. Sometimes, I do wonder if they would be so understanding if they hadn’t really listened or read such a candid expression beforehand.
Anyway. The moral being, surprise surprise, I strongly believe that listening seems to be the key again. Blogs seem to make us undertsand so many points of view that we can choose to grow as a person. And the ability to understand a point of view, not being judgemental, being open and basically just being there truly.
Blogs teach us to listen. And I cannot ennumerate the beauty that is a blog.
It has been a year since I started writing here. I have met beautiful people, read some of the most inspiring words, seen some of the most hilarious pictures, learnt a handful of wacky slangs, noted down the book names furiously after tempting reviews, ticked movies off my list, made prints of amazing pictures, learnt a bit of technology, learnt about amazing selfless work happening around, wept after reading heartwarming stories, ogled at someone’s tent and a trek in a distant land, dreamt of meeting the people behind the blogs, bookmarked and emailed links to read later, gaped at simple ingredients being transformed into can-it-be-possible dishes, looked forward to clicking away because I want to eagerly share it here, been enamoured with the layouts of some blogs, got spooked by some horror, polished a bit of my current affairs…. I can go on and on.
But somewhere above all of this, I have rediscovered the joy of listening to a stranger. To someone with a fresh perspective. To widen my own. And for that, to each and every one of you, I shall always be grateful.
Now, let me go eat that cupcake and celebrate my joy! You better hurry if you want some 🙂
Thank you. You all make life so colourful and hence beautiful. Stay inspired!