Who is WoundedLeo?
Greetings and welcome to my blog! Let me begin by introducing myself. I’m an average middle-aged married woman with 2 teenage boys. I have an advanced degree in Engineering and have worked in my industry of choice for about 20 years now. I love what I do and work primarily for the self-validation that I get from my job. I am lucky enough to not have to work out of necessity but mostly out of desire. Apparently Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. I feel privileged to be one of the souls who managed to do precisely this. In addition, I have a variety of interests and hobbies including reading, writing, music, dance, languages, religion, astrology, philosophy, science, and basketball.
Like most people, my life has not always been filled with joy and glory. This is where WoundedLeo comes into the picture. Firstly, for a majority of my life, I have worked in a male-dominated field and had to learn how to restrict my emotions to “fit in” to my professional work environment. At home, surrounded by three males, I also am often told to “suck it up” and not be overly sensitive and emotional, “Don’t take everything so personally”. Holding in my feelings is not my strong suit and never has been. To those of you who have some knowledge of Astrology, I happen to be a Leo with a stellium in Cancer. One of my close friends affectionately refers to me as a “Soggy Leo”.
As an only-child, I was often told by my parents that I was too sensitive. I was told to not show my emotions because it would provide others with the power to break me down. I was often bullied at school for being too smart, chubby, four-eyed, teacher’s-pet and all manner of other things that I wouldn’t wish onto my worst enemy. I remember as clearly as yesterday Larry Y. pulling my hair, Pamela C. punching me in the stomach whenever I walked by in the school hallway and David L. offering me a gift-wrapped can of dog food as a present. These are but a handful of “beautiful” childhood memories that I have.
In fact, it wasn’t until college that I started to come out of my shell and be a tad less afraid to be me. It was there where I met others who didn’t look upon me as a “threat”. I was a good student, hard-working, and motivated, but it was here at University where I had my share of heart-break as well. Sordid stories of best-girlfriends “stealing” the boys I liked, or simply stories of unrequited love. Looking back on it, I realize that perhaps my life has not been that different from the life of any other person. After all, we all have our “crosses to bear”. Moreover, I fully recognize the fact that there are plenty of people out there who live in poverty, in fear, in war-torn countries, suffering from violence, starvation, to name but a few. In the end, I’m still one of the “lucky ones”.
So my goal in creating this blog is two-fold. Firstly, I have a deep desire to have a safe haven for self-expression, a place where I can go and say whatever it is I’m thinking or feeling. Certain of my writings are filled with sadness and despair, whereas others take on a tone of hope and direction for the future. Secondly, I have a wish to help others know that they are not alone licking the wounds that life inflicts upon our mortal souls. We’re all in this together!
Over time, I plan to share with you Articles, Commentary, Poems, and Stories that I have written or am in the process of writing, and sincerely hope that you will take as much pleasure in reading them as I take in writing. I also have a section where I will post my favorite songs/videos.
If my writing speaks to you then I encourage you to visit my blog regularly, place me in your favorites, or hit the subscribe button so that you will be kept aware of new items that I post. If not, then I wish you an enjoyable and safe journey through this thing called LIFE!