I was feeling ever so emotional last night after half a bottle of wine on top of my meds, and on hearing the passing of Nelson Mandela, when I discovered that I’d been nominated for the Most Influential Blogger award by Bradley from http://www.howisbradley.com.
Bradley and I don’t natter and banter as much as I do with some of you but he has the uncanny knack of saying something supportive, succinct and totally empathetic, just when I need it.
He is a fellow traveller on the road to sanity, self acceptance and a passionate promotor of a greater understanding of the effects of mental illness and very valued he is too.
There are many on here that have influenced me greatly but not all of you accept or respond to awards, so I’m going to bend the rules a bit and offer it out to anyone who is enthusiastic enough to do the following:
1. Display the award on your blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who awarded you.
3. Offer the award to as many people you like or to all your followers.
4. Answer the questions that your awarder asked, and then write some for your awardees (or use the same ones, up to you!)
Here are the questions I’ve been asked to answer and my responses:
1. If you could change one thing about society, what would it be?
How politics and politicians are allowed to operate. There is too much ‘us and them’ going on where political parties are perpetually waiting for the ones in power to mess up so that they can expose them, and because of this so much is hidden from we voters and brushed under the carpet, so that we never learn from our mistakes or properly thrive as a country.
Those scenes from the Commons with all those old buffers bellowing and jeering at each other absolutely infuriate me. We are paying them for this kind of time wasting behaviour, WTF? If I had my way, I’d stamp all over this shit, and/or have officials preside over these sessions armed with cattle prods, ready to inflict punishment as soon as anyone started shouting and generally behaving like an arse.
There should be 100% transparency, where people have access to all information and demand referendums when the majority feel it necessary. We all, Labour, Conservative, Republican, Democrat, want the same things deep down, so to paraphrase Rodney King, ‘Why can’t we all just get along?’ and collude for the greater good?
Very simplistic and naive of me, I know, this is an ‘ideal world’ scenario and unlikely to happen in my life time, but I can dream, can’t I?
2. What do you turn to when in need of inspiration?
My yoga mat.
3. Name one person, alive or dead, who has influenced you most.
I think it goes without saying that right now, Nelson Mandela is in pretty much everyone’s minds and hearts.
What blows me away about this man, was that he could have come out of his prison cell full to the brim with bitterness and anger and organised mass genocide and riots, turning black against white, and man against his brother and no one would have blamed him. Yet he came out in the spirit of forgiveness and forward thinking, focussing on the greater good, bringing peace and reconciliation to his country and inspiring the world to think differently too.
I have a white hot temper, struggle terribly with forgiveness and have an instinct and desire for revenge if someone crosses me, but I fight on, and on the hardest days I think of Mandiba spending day after day, year after year in a stinking cell, refining his soul, at one with God and resolve to fight harder.
4. What’s your favorite quote?
‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that’
Martin Luther King, Jr
“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”
5. Share one key insight that has helped you most in your writing.
Be authentic; try and be anything but and you will be busted 😉
6. Are rules made to be broken?
Most of them, hell, yes!
7. What does democracy stand for as far as you’re concerned?
Fairness, parity and equality in it’s purest form.
8. Something you wish could be done ASAP?
Something that would save our planet, but I fear it may be far too late….
9. If we respect everyone’s opinion as valid, where does that leave hate speech?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but some opinions should not be allowed a big, high profile platform, especially when it influences the young, the poor, the dispossessed or the educationally subnormal to carry out evil that does not benefit them, in the name of a God that does not wish them to do so.
10. Do you think online media will replace print in the next few decades?
I hope not. I still like to open a book and feel the pages between my fingers, and looking at moving text for prolonged periods cannot be good for the eyes.
11. What is the main thing you want to achieve as a blogger?
To learn, to share, to engage, to entertain.
NOW, OVER TO YOU!
As these are such great questions, please answer them accordingly.
Looking forward to seeing your responses, and thanks again to all for your support and feedback this year.
Sister S xx