Due to extreme generosity and luck, I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by thenumber8.org (which, coincidentally, is one of my favorite lucky numbers). I am very flattered to receive this and I hope that you take the time to check out the great posts that this blog has.
To do this right, I must follow the rules, which are listed down below.
The Liebster Award Rules:
1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award, whose blogs have fewer than 200 followers.
4. You must provide 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. You must visit their blogs and notify your nominees.
Here are my answers to the questions that thenumber8 designed:
- Who is your favorite author and why?
I am really horrendous when it comes to picking favorites of anything. My mind gets too anxious if I know that I can “only” pick one. Also, this question asks for a favorite author, and since authors are by nature human (most of them), they all will have certain flaws. However, the great thing about reading a multitude of authors is that one author’s flaw may be another author’s strong point. For example, author A may be great at description, but horrible at dialogue, while author B may have clichéd descriptions, but captivating dialogue. If you put the two together, you end up with a strong reading collection. If I had a gun to my head and had to choose, I would just tell them to shoot me, because I can’t decide. My list of favorites, though, include Joyce Carol Oates (for her ability to reach inside of characters that are seemingly unlike her and make them fully human, as well as for her wide expanse of topics), Kurt Vonnegut (for his imagination and gift for parody), Earnest Hemingway (for his short, sharp lines), Tom Perrotta (for being able to write about “ordinary people” and make their tales worth reading), Richard Yates (for showing the truth of his subjects), James Joyce (for his ambition and inventiveness), Leo Tolstoy (for his sagas that show the many curves and twists of life), Raymond Carver (for those incredible endings), Amy Hempel (for being able to create an entire life in the time it takes most writers to set up a scene), Marya Hornbacher (for her devotion to the mental health field, as well as her powerful writing), and Don DeLillo (for his studies on humans and their relationship with technology). That was probably much longer than the answer needed to be.
- If you had to describe your philosophy or perspective in eight words, what would they be?
Strive to live a life that benefits everyone.
- Who or what in your life makes you feel joy?
Any art that I can be part of, either as a recipient or a creator.
- How would you define happiness?
Happiness is the ability to appreciate what has been given to you in life, either as a result of your own efforts or the efforts of others. It is not always present, nor should it be. Part of life is creating moments that lead you to that happiness.
- What music, if any, inspires you?
Any music that captures a human experience is attractive to me. Because of this, I have quite a large/strange taste in genres.
- What social, personal or political cause, if any, makes you want to act?
I am frequently interested in cases where minorities are being ignored or misunderstood and help is not being given fast enough. Life is a struggle for everyone, but there is a difference between hardships that promote emotional growth and unnecessary pain. Mental illness is something that I am very drawn to, especially because of my own history.
- Would you rather die “old and ordinary” or “young and famous” and why?
I would rather die with my life’s mission complete. If that means dying young and famous, so be it. If it means being old and ordinary, so be it. I used to have a fear of being ordinary and living an ordinary existence, but the more I explore life, the more I realize that all humans have something to share. There is knowledge and power in all of us, no matter where we come from.
- What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is to let my own fear and disorders control my life to the point where I do not complete my life’s mission.
- What is your career and/or what career do you aspire to?
I won’t reference my life’s mission again (both because I don’t want to be repetitive and I also do not know what that mission is or will look like), but I aspire to do something in the arts. Most likely, it will involve writing.
- How would describe a perfect day?
Working hard and going to bed exhausted, but with the knowledge that you contributed something positive to the world that day, no matter how small it was. I don’t want it to be a day that is free of challenges. That is not satisfying. I (ultimately, once they are finished) enjoy challenges because they allow me to push through the boundaries that I put on myself.
Below are the ten nominees that I have chosen. Please take a look at all of them, as I believe they are worth your time.
For each of these nominees, here are the questions that I propose:
1.) How long have you had a blog?
2.) What have been some of your greatest achievements and what steps did you take to complete that achievement? (This does not necessarily have to be related to your blog.)
3.) Please finish this sentence: Blogging is important to me because….
4.) What topics do you hope to blog about in the future?
5.) Who are some of your favorite artists (can apply to musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, actors, etc.)?
6.) What is the purpose of your life?
7.) Did you have a favorite subject when you were in grade school?
8.) What did you hope to be when you were younger?
9.) Referring to the previous question, have any of those visions come true?
10.) If you had to repeat one day of your life forever, which day would you pick?
For everyone else, enjoy getting to read the posts from these ten websites. Thanks again to thenumber8.