Combined #FPQ

In this post, I’ll answer Fandango’s Provocative Questions both, for this week (news) and last week (lesson). Thank you Fandango for such interesting questions.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in life and who did you learn it from?

In my little-more-than-two-decades on Earth, I’ve learnt some valuable lessons. Some imparted by parents, others by friends, books, circumstances and most importantly, life.

But two things that happened to me recently have taught me the importance of believing in your own self, both strengths and perceived weaknesses.

Battling depression (after diagnosis) has been exhausting; where good days seem rare and more often than not, everything feels like chewing glass- futile and painful. Yet I kept a tendril of hope inside, that maybe I can be strong enough to overcome it.

When my family tested positive, as their caregiver and the only person not infected, I managed everything (both small & big) for days on end; despite my physical and mental exhaustion. Though difficult, I did keep faith in myself that I could do it and somedays, it was all I had. And in the end, I did it.

This year, this has been my most difficult yet best lesson- to keep my belief in myself & my abilities, even if it seems impossible.

Where do you get most of your news from? Do you consider your primary news source (or sources) to be objective purveyors of truths and facts?

These days, most of the national news sources- whether newspapers, TV or social media are biased (left, right or other leaning).

So, I gather the facts from different news outlets (NDTV, The Wire, The Hindu) and if it’s on an issue I’ve previously never heard about, I read from various sources before forming an opinion.

I tend to avoid any show or read something that simply states prejudices and rants rather than give facts. Also, I think I’ve got enough intelligence to make up my mind about an issue, without some crazy news anchor screaming propaganda- all in the name of a debate.

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