The Wallflower in Wonderland has been nominated!
Congratulations to me!
What an honour! I was nominated by Fran who blogs about being a wheelchair user in London, and also that it’s okay to actively stand up for your beliefs in whatever way you can. This year I’ve gone from being fairly active and mobile, and working full-time, to unemployed and sometimes immobile. And I felt like a failure.
Being disabled doesn’t mean marching the streets to prove your politics and Fran helped me to see that. So thank you 🙂
Now, before I nominate five other lovely bloggers, Fran has given me from questions to answer:
1) What do you like about blogging?
I like – in fact I love – that I can say what I’m feeling. I’m an introvert and extremely shy, and I actually started blogging anonymously just about whatever was on my mind and sharing poetry, because I had things to say and I wanted people to hear my voice, but I didn’t want people to know who it was coming from (hence the name “Wallflower”). Then when I became sick and felt like I wasn’t being listened to, blogging became my outlet. Now it’s a place I come to, to be creative, open, to educate (about Epilepsy and Mental Health) and I’m definitely not so much of a Wallflower anymore!
2) What is your favorite book?
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, by Reni-Eddo Lodge. If you’d asked me this last year, I probably would’ve said Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte OR 1984 by George Orwell, without missing a beat. However, this year I got put into A LOT of boxes and A LOT of labels got placed upon me and reading Reni’s book made me realise why.
3) What is your favorite quote?
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” – Oscar Wilde.
4) What is your favorite form of social media?
Twitter – I love the sense of community that it brings. I’ve had an extremely tough year, and I feel a lot closer to people on Twitter who I’ve never met, than I do to people on my personal Facebook page.
5) If you were President or Prime Minster for a day which 3 laws would you enact?
1- Invisible disabilities will be legally given the same status as physical disabilities (in all capacities, because at the moment I don’t think that they are). Therefore employment laws will be changed, the government will work with charities on advertising campaigns, and anybody who says “well, you don’t look sick” will be tried and thrown into Room 101!
2- Take away police rights to ‘stop and search’, so that people of colour and the vulnerable are protected.
3- All pedestrians MUST walk on the LEFT (I live in London. This will save lives!!!!) LOL.
Now, the best part, nominating other bloggers!
Mitchell started the Green Tree Foundation, not only to help his own mental health, but also to help the wider community with theirs. He encourages as well as educates and is always positive.
Nancy suffers from severe anxiety and blogs about her daily battle, as a high functioning sufferer. She is highly intelligent and therefore blogs about the damaging effects our education system can have upon our mental health, which is so important because people do not talk about this enough. (I had a manic episode during my GCSEs, at the age of 15 and nobody even noticed! Crazy right? And having worked in education myself, I’ve seen what the pressure does to young people today.)
Chloe blogs about living with epilepsy, while being a mama. She is also an author. Her blog is educational for new mums (Epilepsy unfortunately, is still the kind of illness where very little information is given by Clinicians to Patients, because the Clinicians know bugger all themselves!) I also love her sense of humour – Chloe can put a positive spin on any dark cloud 🙂
Anthony has a life long relationship with depression, and his poetry is divine. He writes the most beautiful poetry, calling himself Grumpy, while helping others out of their own “grumpiness”, which I find awesome 🙂
Unfortunately I don’t know this blogger’s name 😦 however, I’ve been following their blog for a while now, and the way they use comics to effectively narrate daily activities and conversations for people with epilepsy is PHENOMENAL.
So these are my questions for my nominees:
- How did you begin blogging?
- If you could go back in time, what year (any year – could be before you were born) would you travel to?
- If you could only eat one food for a week, what would it be?
- What are some small things that make your day better?
- If you could have any superpower to change the world, what would it be, and why?
So my nominees, all you have to do to accept this award is: link back to this page to acknowledge your nomination, answer these 5 questions and nominate 5 others blogs for the Liebster Award.
Enjoy! And congratulations, because I really do enjoy reading your blogs 🙂