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THIS IS MY STORY

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Ever since I was eleven, I had trouble fitting in. Unlike most of my peers, I refused to play by the rules of popularity. So while I didn’t have a lot of friends, I was content. Being true to myself was far more important to me than climbing some silly social ladder.

But over the years, I learned that my non-conformity came at a price. I had a lot of opinions that I wanted to share on a public platform, but I didn’t have much of an audience.🤦

Around that time, this great unifier we call the Internet came into my life. And that’s when things changed.

I had intriguing conversations with quirky strangers from around the world on Yahoo! Messenger. But soon, the negative experiences began to outnumber the positive ones, and I logged out forever.

Not long after, I enrolled in an engineering college. As new challenges came up, my desire to express myself faded into the background. I became a zombie with just one goal: to find my way out of this hell. (Note to self: That’s what doing something you have ZERO interest in does to a person.)

Unsurprisingly, my urge to write returned only after I graduated. And this time, I took it seriously.

I turned my back on the IT industry and took up writing instead. But even as I was writing for websites on topics that mattered to me, a voice in my head kept bugging me. I ignored it because it demanded something I couldn’t bring myself to do at the time: talk about my unique way of looking at the world ALONG WITH my personal struggles.

It took the end of my marriage in 2017 to put aside my fear of being judged and talk about my flaws, my scars, and my all-around weirdness. And you know what? It feels AMAZING.

WHICH BRINGS ME TO YOU

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The fact that you are here, relating to my story makes one thing crystal clear: you belong to my tribe of misfits.

You are a dreamer, an eccentric, a rebel.

You don’t just question the status quo, you live outside it.

Unlike most people, you don’t give in to rigid social expectations. Your idea of success is not following some linear blueprint. You refuse to do stuff like pursue a safe career over your passion or pretend you are fine even when you are falling apart. You believe that mental health is just as important as physical health.

“Normal” is just not your cup of tea.

Being authentic means more to you than any amount of external validation. And you know you are *flawsome* so you wear no masks, own your scars, and let your freak flag fly high.

Long story short, I am SO EXCITED you are here, you free spirit, you!

AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR A PROPER INTRODUCTION :)

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Here’s a full-face photo so you can ID me on social media. 

Heyo! My name is Mahevash (pronounced ‘Maa-hey-vash’) and I run this mental health and lifestyle blog. Stick around and I promise to keep this space real and taboo-ey. Case in point: I am an openly divorced Indian woman who has clinical depression, generalized anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Yes, I am in therapy and yes, I am medicated too.

WHAT’S WITH THE NAME ‘MAHEVASH MUSES’?

So you’re probably wondering why I chose this name when this blog is for unconventional souls. Let me explain.

First off, unlike most blogs, mine wasn’t born with a specific mission or purpose. I started writing here only as part of a course assignment. And because I got a kick out of blogging, I kept at it.

Anyway, here’s the backstory: when an individual expresses something online, they often get attacked for supposedly trying to pass off opinion as fact. What should be a respectful discussion morphs into a never-ending flame war. The focus shifts from what is being said to who is wrong and who is right. Tragically, what is actually being communicated is undermined, even lost.

I consciously wanted to avoid this from happening, which is why I decided to go with ‘Mahevash Muses’. It states that I am Mahevash and these are my thoughts. They are not facts, they are opinions. And everyone is entitled to their opinion, aren’t they?

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78 thoughts on “About”

  1. Very honest and touching. Couldn’t keep it down till the Last line. You are very good observer & a narrator, besides, a very brave and spirited person. I look forward to many successful stories from this blog.

  2. Hello, nice introduction about yourself, Mahevash. I was looking around for a FOLLOW button, but didn’t find one, I guess you can add one-for easier access to your blog. That said, I am sure, that won’t be a deterrent to come back and visit often.
    You have a wonderful space here :)
    Regards,
    Savio

    P.S: Do visit my little space as well at http://www.theextraaamile.com

  3. Hey Mahevash! Just visited your blog and read about you to know a bit about you before I begin reading your book, ‘Busting Cliches’. I will be putting up the review on my blog soon. WIih you the very best for everything!

  4. Hello mahevash, my name is Gregory Thomas. I’m a writer and poet, and have a blog over at “Cascadialegends.wordpress.com” where I post my poems and stories. I just wanted to thank you for liking one of my poems on the blog. Let’s keep in touch. :)

    1. Thanks a ton for the nomination, it really brightened up my blah day! Really sorry I can’t take it up…just went over to your blog…loved your post :)

  5. Hi Mahavesh, thanks for your recent ‘follow’ of my site. I will put aside some time to read your ‘book’ section as i too am writing a book, loving the experience, not stressful so I want to read your experience. I cannot find a FOLLOW button for your blog… am I being blind?

    1. You’re welcome!
      Great! Hope it will help you in your book journey :)
      You need to be logged in to WordPress to see a Follow button.

    1. Thanks a ton for the nomination and sorry about the late reply…your comment ended up in spam for some reason :/
      Sorry, I don’t do awards…see you around :)

  6. hello pretty girl…20’s something is still a girl ryt? What is the rush with people wanting to grow up soon?…don’t! It’s a trap :)
    I am Savio from Goa and dropped onto your blog page out of nowhere…hope to come back again :) Have a wonderful day dear :)

    1. Hello, Savio! Well, I will always think of myself as a girl…even when I am grey and toothless! I am far too childlike to grow up…yes I do agree its a trap :)
      Thanks for stopping by. Good day!

  7. This about post is an absolute beauty! It touched my heart as i could relate to part of it deeply. I am a big supporter of you, know this. I feel what you felt. Cheers! :)

    1. I am so glad you liked it. Thank you so much!
      That’s one of the awesome things about blogging, isn’t it? Being able to relate and not feeling alone :)

    1. Thrilled to be nominated! Sorry, I don’t do awards. You didn’t miss, I just haven’t declared it anywhere. Gotta remedy that soon!
      Thanks for the link…I enjoy your writing :)

  8. Hello Mahevash
    Thank you for following my blog, I am glad you liked my posts :)
    You have a wonderful blog but it would be even better if you could add “like” to your posts. Looking forward to read more of your posts.

  9. Just stopped by to thank you for your recent likes/follow on Shift Key and to peruse your excellent site. Much to read – well done. Blog setup is unique. Thanks again.

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