The Beginning of the End

That’s a dramatic way of titling the “About Me” section. If you keep reading, you’ll find that I have a flair for unnecessarily dramatic prose…

Anyway, welcome to “tales from the arena!” I’m Anjali, a New Jersey native and recent college grad (some day soon I’ll be too far beyond college to say that…) living in the San Francisco Bay Area (for now, at least!). My last year of college was marked by a vague, but steady, search for the answers to questions that I couldn’t even articulate at the time. I was, for some reason, on a quest for some universal truths about life. Maybe it was the fear of the successes and failures I knew the next year would hold–I was, after all, transitioning out of a big life milestone–or maybe it was a nostalgia for the incredible semester I had abroad in Spain, that spurred on this journey.

Regardless, if you’ve come to this blog in search of inspiration, I hope you find it. I realized how many inspiring stories I’d read, watched, or heard over the course of the year, and as someone who’s kept journals for years, I wanted to compile these stories and share them in one place.

Here are a few ground rules for your reading that I want to lay down right now:

1) Click on the links in the posts! A lot of my writing is inspired by amazing professionals, and reading their work will give you a more comprehensive understanding of the ideas I’m trying to convey.

2) In no way do I claim to “know” anything; these posts are written from my own viewpoint and are my subjective opinions, inspired by my life experiences. Interpret them as you will.

3) Feel free to comment on and question the things that I write! I absolutely LOVE spirited intellectual debate, and I’m always checking my opinions against others. Think of this as your intellectual playground, and question without hesitation!

Oh, and one last thing about the title: the title is inspired by BrenĂ© Brown’s book, “Daring Greatly”, which became something like a bible to me after I read it in the spring of 2014 (that, and Tuesdays with Morrie). I’ll be doing reviews of both books here, but I chose “tales from the arena” because of a Teddy Roosevelt quote that BrenĂ© uses in her book to describe what we should all aspire to do in this life. Here it is:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

Read on, if you dare.