- What prompted you to begin to pursue your art or your message?
There came a point in my life when nothing seemed to work out. The emotions inside my chest overwhelmed me and I couldn’t find a way to let them out. When I was in my teens I used to paint and sketch but as I stepped from my 10th class to 11th, I was told to opt for medical subjects and then all was left under the burden of studies. But I remember well that in 2013 I officially began maintaining my blog and started to write publicly. Writing poems was something that kept my emotions at bay, that kept tears at bay, that soothed my mind and helped me sleep at night. I was too tired of caging my emotions inside I needed them to flow out or maybe I wanted them to reach that one person whose presence and then a sudden absence triggered them out. This person has many faces; he was a friend, a stranger, a dream, my love. This is what prompted me to pursue my art.
- Do you think most young adults lack the passion to pursue their goals or do they not really know what they are passionate about?
Well I am of the opinion that there are certain people who get so entangles in their lives that they fail to know about that one thing they are desperately passionate about. And ultimately they fail to pursue their goals. There can be certain reasons either they remain confused or the society around confuses them.
- What things inspire you to continue working and learning?
There is just one thing that has inspired and will always inspire me to continue learning and working is the fact that life will always test you and that your emotions are ferocious monsters, they always tend to cross the line so you need something to keep everything at bay. And it’s not just you who faces these problems so you need to convey people a message, help them live and maybe your work can be their salvation.
- Who is your hero or role model? Why?
I don’t have a hero. But yes my role model is Maulana Jalal-ud-din Rumi and Khalil Gibran. When I first read the works of Maulana Rumi and Gibran I was mesmerized. The way they present love as a feeling is exceptional. For them love is the only truth in this world and that is what I believe in.
- Favorite color, animal, song, book, and quote?
I like black and light sky-blue.
I don’t have a favorite animal.
From all the songs I have ever listened to, there is just one song that never stops soothing me. It is a bollywood song: “Tose naina laagay piya saaware, nahi bus mae ab ye jiya saaware, muhabbat tow ek jawaydaan zindagi hai.”
(Translation: “My eyes are entangled with you, o my spiritual lover
My heart is not in control of myself, o my spiritual lover
Love is eternal/spiritual life.”)
Mathnawi by Maulana Jalal-Ud-din Rumi and Broken Wings by Gibran.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about. –Rumi
- What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to pursue your same field?
Just one thing I would say, “If you want to do this and you want it above everything then go for it. When you are old and you have plenty of time to think about your last 60 or 70 years, the one thing that will kill you is the regret of doing something and wanting something. And this regret is enough to kill you before you actually die.”
- Why did you choose the brand name you go by?
“Inkofmysoul” is what my writing is all about, because I bleed the words on paper that my soul feels intensely.
- Where do you hope to take your brand in the future?
I want to take it so far that people remember me by my poems. I want to take it to a place where it starts affecting people positively and starts to be their salvation. Because words have the power to both tear you apart instantly and fix you again perfectly.
Aiman Peer is a poet whose Instagram account is run under the name ink.ofmysoul. Check it out for poetry of love that comes directly from the heart.