About 2000 km away from home, I immersed myself into four days of travel to Dehradun. With nothing more than a little bag pack full of clothes, I set out by myself, which seemingly resembled an elementary school trip. For over a month before the actual travel, my brain constantly wrestled over my decision, if I should undertake the travel. Thoughts shot a nervous pain through me. I was going to be across the country leaving two little kids at home. Despite knowing the fact that they would be under the care of their father, there was this constant nagging- I had never been away from them before! But I needed to travel, and pushing aside thoughts, my fingers finally made its way to the computer keys. I clicked, booked and was done with the tickets.
I had been living in a world of cyclical anxiety. The constant absence of the husband (due to the nature of his work in the Armed Forces), brought the responsibility of the children and home front upon me in entirety. The routine often took a toll on me, and I found myself becoming increasingly exhaustive, navigating through homework, tantrums and other concerns that came by. I would wind up in my room wondering when I could have a quest to escape and have some “me” time. That’s when #BNLF came by. It seemed to be the much needed opportunity, for me to travel, and probably bring down my anxiety levels to normal.
BNLF is the acronym for Blog Now Live Forever. It is an event that is conceptualized and conducted by Indiblogger once every two years, and aims to bring Indian Bloggers from across the world onto one common platform. One of its kind, it is the perfect place for bloggers to bond, interact, network and build relationships. An event that is characterized by high energy levels, BNLF brings forth open discussions and learning, along with promoting responsible blogging.
It is often said that experiences are far more precious than things. BNLF 2017 in Dehradun was one such experience for me. Apart from the opportunity to network with bloggers, it gave me an opportunity to explore and question my own competency in the blogosphere. There were new friendships made, strengthening of existing bonds and memories that would stick on forever. The happiness derived was immense, one that gave an immediate knock out effect.
It is no unknown fact that travelling does loads of good for the mental well-being. It promotes happiness, gives an exposure to new experiences, creates wonderful memories and breaks the monotony of a routine. It helps you find your own self-confidence, especially when you have to deal with unexpected situations.
I came back from BNLF 2017, a more relaxed and content person. I had got the needed time and space, had let my thoughts wander, and got a fresh perspective on all that I had. Exploring gave me a fresh appreciation of home and the real life I led.