Most of you reading this post are WordPress followers. I’m sure that you, like me, often wonder who the human being is behind the curtain for certain members of your comment “community.” Sonia is one of those followers for me. Except she’s not a WordPress follower, but an email subscriber. I continue to shake my head in wonder at the wonderful network that is established in blogging. I reached out to Sonia following a comment interchange and I asked her to share a bit with me about her.
In April, 2012, ~ six months after this blog was launched, Sonia signed up to receive email posts. Sonia, 25, is a Muslim. She is from Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan and the third largest city in the world. (Pop: 23 million.) Sonia is pursuing an MBA in Human Resources and is two courses and a thesis away from graduation. She also works as a Corporate Coordinator at a major multinational Health Insurance Company.
I asked Sonia how she found my blog. She said that she “was searching the internet for articles and ended up in the world of Blogs. Now among the millions of bloggers, why did I subscribe to your Blog? A million dollar question! I used to have (write) conversations with life (in a childish diary that I have) and I was surprised to find you having a conversation with your Mind in one of your posts. I was awestruck because in last 5 years of my conversations, I never came across a person who did that. So I subscribed to follow your blog.“
(Note to self: Someone halfway across the world types “Bloggers Talking To Themselves” into the Google Search box and on Page 1 of the Google Search landing page they find me. Oh Boy.)
Sonia describes herself “as an introvert and an obsessed thinker. I’m not a Facebook freak like my friends. I check my emails daily. I love cars & car racing (Audi R8 is my favorite), action/inspirational movies, reading books/articles/quotes, shoes and clothes. I believe in learning and growing.“
I asked Sonia to send me a guest post. The next day, she had sent me three full typewritten pages. Here’s an excerpt:
In my thoughts:
I took a deep breath.
Without wasting a single moment
jumped off into the ocean.
Ocean, snow capped mountains, limpid water,
one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
I wished to be in that moment forever
And the words of Jax Teller
were swimming in the ocean of my mind:
“And maybe that’s the lesson for me today,
to hold on to these simple moments,
to appreciate them a little more.”
I am never present, in present moment,
If I am in a crowd, I am never there,
If I am with friends, I wouldn’t be with them,
If I am with my love, I might not be there either,
If I am with my family, you wouldn’t find me there,
I am detached, I am present,
Yet absent in the present moment,
But if I am with you,
Completely, honestly and with all my heart,
My heart, my mind, my soul
and my existence over to you…
I would love to re-live life
with all its victories and triumphs,
smiles and tears,
headaches & heartaches
because life indeed is an experience.
A few moments of consciousness
froze me inside out and I was ALIVE.
Sonia is over 7200 miles away. Many time zones ahead. She lives in a world with vast cultural differences from our own. Yet, this thoughtful, intelligent, 25-year old lady is not so different from you and me.
Sonia, what incredible talent you have. Thank you for sharing your inspiring poem and message. Good Sunday morning to you.
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