Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 237 – Me

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The things that make me different are the things that make me.

Winnie The Pooh

Gotta love a bit of Pooh Tao, thanks Spidey!

Go on, hands up. Who is guilty of thinking they need to be ‘like’ others to be accepted?

Thinking a certain way, wearing particular clothes, listening to the ‘in’ music, watching the films everyone is raving about… that kind of thing?

Why do we always want to be keeping up with the Joneses? Why can’t we just be ourselves, and why do you think the world won’t accept you as you are?

As a child I was always different from my school peers. There weren’t many Indian girls in my school. I was never singled out because of it, but where they were horseriding and having piano lessons at the weekends, I was going to family weddings and attempting to learn how to read and write my home language, Punjabi (I failed… can speak and understanding fluently, but the reading/writing? Nope!)

We grew up together and as the others were worrying about prospective boyfriends and dates for the ball we had at 15, then discussing the late night bars they began to frequent, and clubs, I was still there, enjoying the music they listened to, and joining in with their chats about crushes on teeny bopper pop idols, and our own real life crushes, but I was also still busy every weekend with my family (it’s huge, there are neverending lists of events and functions to attend, even now!)

It didn’t single me out in a negative way, my friends just knew I wouldn’t be turning up at the non uniform day in a miniskirt and cropped top, despite it being the fashion. I’d be wearing whatever sensible clothes my mum thought were best.

Because that was me. Ratty. Yes, that was my nickname at school. Not because I was bad tempered or anything, but because my full first name is Ratinder, and we watched The Wind In The Willows one day and the character Ratty came up… and so I was christened. One of my oldest school friends still calls me Ratty, over thirty years later!

As I hit university, I admit, I went through the whole fitting in thing. I wore the clothes everyone else did, went to all the clubs, drank all the drinks, and skipped the lectures… but it took me a while to realise that that wasn’t really me.

In all honesty, it took me a good twenty more years to find ‘me’.

Yes I was always, and will always be Ritu the Daughter, Ritu the Sister, Ritu the Wife, Ritu the Daughter-in-Law, Ritu the Mother, Ritu the Colleague, Ritu the Uni friend, Ratty the school mate.

But I no longer conform to what others may expect. I will wear what I want and feel comfortable in. I will eat what I fancy. I will go where I feel a pull to attend, not be forced to go to events that are a drain on my soul. I will laugh. I will cry. I will write. I will read. I will do everything that I enjoy. That makes me, me.

I won’t be a stereotype.

I will be me.

So… tell me, when did you realise it is okay to be YOU?

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps  And enjoy your week! ❤ 

One Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – School vs. Holidays

The love I have for my job is measurable by the amount of my vacation days that I have already spent in school… Vacation days – 3 (excluding weekend) Days spent at school – 3!

Ritu 2019

Yup, the school holidays are here already and I, for one have been so looking forward to them, but so far, have spent each day in school because I have a shiny new classroom to set up!

Well, not quite shiny, as it is in the oldest part of the school, and some say there is a friendly apparition that has been seen there too… ooer!

But it is new to me, and I am trying to make my mark, as best I can.

The only frustrating thing is that there is one piece of furniture I am waiting for, and it hasn’t arrived yet. possibly not until the end of the holidays.

It means I have a huge pile of boxes in the middle of the room, whilst I wait for the cupboard to arrive. Still, I have moved the majority of the furniture around to my liking, and displays are pretty much done. I have sorted the art cupboard out and set my stationary station (see what I did there?!) up too.

My next task, today, along with Lil Princess, is to set up the reading corner. I want to transform it into a little Hundred Acre Wood section, with Pooh Bear and all his friends!

Winnie the Pooh
I’ll be putting that up in there too!

I will share pics when I am finished!

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds challenge, though that was a bit more than a line!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 221

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“What day is it?” “Today,” said Piglet. “Ah,” said Pooh, “my favourite day.” – A.A. Milne

Many thanks for that Spidey… I do love a bit of Pooh Bear and his wisdoms.

Just a little reminder to make sure you are living in the now, and not the yesterdays gone by, or in the hope of something better tomorrow.

Today will never come again, so grab it by the horns and ride it!

So… tell me, what are you looking forward to doing, today?

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps  And enjoy your week! ❤ 

Three Day Quote Challenge – Winnie The Pooh Special – Day Three

Thank you, dear Robbie, from Robbie’s Inspiration, for nominating me for the Three Day Quote Challenge!

I have joined in with this before, but you know what, I think you can never have enough inspiration or motivation, so I am happy to share a few quotes!

I chose to use the immortal words of my favourite bear, Winnie the Pooh for my muse over these three days!

 

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I chose this because this encompasses me and my general lifestyle! I am a Virgo, so I should be super organised. In many ways, I am. I’m the Queen of lists, I know how to plan my day so I deliver children to the correct places at the right time. But… my house is a little disorganised. I have piles of things in places. It annoys me, but I figure I don’t have enough hours in the day to sit and sort, because I’m busy enjoying life and making memories! However, times come when I have to do some organising, and when I do, I end up finding countless things I had forgotten about, from a lovely card, to a book I was planning on reading, but forgot where I had put. Sometimes there are photos, and if I’m extra lucky, money! So you see, even Pooh Bear thinks a little disorganisation is a good thing!

I know I am supposed to nominate three people daily, but I would like to invite all my readers to take part in the Three Day Quote challenge!

Give it a twist, select a theme for your three days and inspire us with your chosen words!

Three Day Quote Challenge – Winnie The Pooh Special – Day Two

Thank you, dear Robbie, from Robbie’s Inspiration, for nominating me for the Three Day Quote Challenge!

I have joined in with this before, but you know what, I think you can never have enough inspiration or motivation, so I am happy to share a few quotes!

I chose to use the immortal words of my favourite bear, Winnie the Pooh for my muse over these three days!

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We are all unique in our own ways – it is important to celebrate those differences, they do indeed make us who we are!

I know I am supposed to nominate three people daily, but I would like to invite all my readers to take part in the Three Day Quote challenge!

Give it a twist, select a theme for your three days and inspire us with your chosen words!

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