So this happened earlier this week. I was nominated for the Liebster Award by fellow Kashmiri Salman Wani. First off, thank you for the nomination and the questions you sent me to answer in acceptance of the award.
I’ll begin by answering Salman’s 11 questions which, I have to admit, are waaaaay too philosophical for me on a Saturday morning.
1. What does real happiness mean to you?
Real happiness can only exist in our hearts yet we’re continuously searching elsewhere.
2. Comment on “Life, a journey.”
We never know when we’ll reach our last destination, so live and let live.
3. How important is respect for the foundation of relationships?
Don’t even get me started. I’m so exasperated by people – specifically elders in our communities – who demand respect yet give none. No-one tells them you can’t go around hurting others, whether your equals or younger, and then expect to be respected in return just because your sorry ass has been on this planet for longer. The worst thing about it is when others justify this toxic behaviour by telling you ‘You know how she/he is, he/she won’t change.’ Too right they won’t change because the rest of us are too busy pampering them. Okay, rant over. Respect is the main foundation of any relationship but using age or status to manipulate respect is not on.
4. What parents mean in your life?
Over time I’ve realised Allah means more to me. But my parents have contributed a lot to the person I am today – just not in the conventional sense.
5. How do you balance criticism and appreciation?
I like to think neither affect me. I’m my own critic and have also learnt over time to appreciate my own strengths so an outsider’s opinion won’t throw me off balance. Obviously, I wasn’t always so grounded. It came with age as well as a million lectures from my husband 🙂
6. What is your favourite book?
Hard to pick one (I’m a Literature graduate!) but I tried to narrow it down to 7 in this post.
7. What are your ultimate aims in life?
To make a difference in someone’s life, which is the reason I became a teacher.
8. Write one thought of yours:
Any random thought? Ok. Well, I’m kinda sick of Bollywood exploiting my name in movies. Like, can you not think of ANY name OTHER than Zoya? And what’s worse is when the actors pronounce it ‘Joya,’ *kill me now*.
9. What message you want to give to people out there?
10. How you see death?
An inevitable part of life.
11. What is responsibility?
A trust given to you by someone – fulfil it to the best of your ability knowing you’ll be accountable one day.
And now, as if that wasn’t enough, 11 random facts about me. I’ll begin with the one I’ve stuck outside my classroom to help new students get to know me:
- Up until the age of 8, I believed I was adopted because my cousins convinced me they’d been rescued from a bin in town centre.
- I’m the only daughter
- I’m 5 foot 7”
- I’ve lived in Qatar for 3 years
- I resisted it for a long time, but I’ve fully turned into the teacher who drinks umpteen cups of coffee by 11am
- I prefer summertime to winter
- If I hadn’t pursued teaching, I would have worked in media
- But, if I win the lottery, I’ll open my own school and hire all the awesome teacher-friends I’ve met over the years to come and work with me. We’d smash it.
- I love dancing
- I don’t respond too well to lots of changes at once, which is probably why I should stop moving house every year.
- I love smiling!
I nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster award (sorry if you’ve already been nominated before), and here are my 11 questions for you:
- One skill you wish you could learn/master?
- Favourite book?
- The most unusual item you own…?
- What is your ultimate aim in life?
- Favourite TV show right now and why?
- How accurate is your Zodiac sign in describing you?
- In a parallel universe, at this moment, you would be doing what?
- Share a quote or inspirational saying that changed your life in some way.
- One city/country you have always dreamt of visiting…
- What made you start your own blog?
- One thing that really, really winds you up…?