I have always loved reading for as long as I can remember. What started off as a little habit of reading bedtime stories turned into full-blown passion for me.
Now, if you'd asked me two years agoif I'd be taking pictures of books and maintaining a blog, I’d have laughed at your face. Being a fresh-out-of-med school doctor took a lot of my time and creativity away. I always had to juggle between studying medicine and surgery, and actually reading. This is probably one of the hardest tasks out there. But I’m so glad that my love for reading books thrived through the hardships of med school. It’s where my love for blogging bloomed, driving me to start my very own bookstagram account.
Bookstagram is like a breath of fresh air for me -- it’s my holy grail. It is that one platform where I can talk freely about books, look for whatever books I want, and rant about the books I’ve read. It’s my passion, my hobby, my home.
I strongly believe that blogging helps relieve stress too. When you bottle everything inside, it can really weigh you down. Laying it out there and putting your deepest thoughts and emotions in words gets it out of your system. Think of your blog as the best friend that you can unload all your problems onto. Let it out. Write it all down.
Our heads can be a messy little space, with lots and lots of thoughts churning inside constantly. Writing it all down has always helped me sort through my problems, gain new perspectives, and get clarity.
Blogging also helps me to come up with a viable solution to a problem and share them with everyone. It helps a lot when you get to bond with someone over mutual problems in life. The light at the end of the tunnel might not be so far away when you know you have got someone who understands you, even if that person is a stranger. Ultimately, this platform allows for greater understanding and reflection of oneself.
My bookstagram account has also allowed me to express my creativity, and play around with what I believe to be my aesthetic. The books we read help us delve into a different world, and recreating a small portion of my interpretation of that for my feed is always a challenge that excites and inspires me.
Most importantly, being a blogger and a part of the bookstagram community means that you get to make many, many new friends -- friends that live all over the world! It’s amazing for me to be able to connect with people from around the globe and chat on a daily basis about books, and all sorts of other things, too. I get to gush with fellow bookstagrammers who are part of the same fandoms as me, and that within itself is a really wonderful and a powerful feeling. This has, essentially,broken barriers between nations and helped connect so many people, simply over their love for books.In my experience, my fellow bookworms have proven to be the nicest and most genuine I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking to.
At the end of the day, what makes bookstagramso special to me, and thousands of people around the world, is that it always makes me feel welcome. It makes me feel warm and loved. It makes me feel like I belong. It makes me happy. The amount of positivity I’m exposed to everyday from this beautiful community is more than I could’ve ever imagined. And I’m forever grateful for it.
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