Gratitude List – January 2017
January did not begin on the note I had thought of. There was no big bang party at home or time out with friends. However, there was self-reflection and I found comfort in my own company. Sometimes I think that’s what growing old means. It means we find solace in what we have and stop struggling with what we cannot change.
As quickly and suddenly things changed at the start of the year, they started looking upward even more quickly. That was the biggest one for us. We could not be more grateful to the Universe and the one who runs it. Like always, there were many more things that made me smile and I am grateful for.
Health: The visits to the hospital this month reminded me that good health is a gift. For as long as we can, we need to take care of our bodies and keep ourselves fit. It’s a machine that can keep running but if you oil it well it would not stop abruptly and need a change of some important part. That oil for our body is good food and workout. I am grateful that in spite of the sudden travel, I was able to work out almost every other day this month.
Love: As I traveled up North early this month, the temperatures had already hit close to two degrees. In that kind of cold weather, love kept me warm. VT shared his memories from college and I could not keep my hands of jalebi. Wait, this is love and not food that I am grateful for. My evening calls have started increasing exponentially. Yes, there are days I don’t get done by 11 PM and then the one thing that I don’t have to worry about is dinner. If VT is back from work, I get my meal around 8 PM while I continue to be on call. I am grateful for a partner who is extremely supportive.
Friends: My friends ensured that I feel loved and cared for when VT wasn’t around. Calls, house visits, cakes, chicken, and rasogullas – they did all things possible to make me smile and it worked. When I traveled, GK and MK went out of their way to drop me to the airport in the wee hours. My brother C, ran with me to catch the train and I still reached on time in spite of being on a delayed flight and in the air for over 7 hours. I am grateful that I did not have to worry about a thing during my travel.
Food: Who can not be grateful for gajar ka halwa, kulche chole, aaloo ke parathe and all that good stuff. Food is a necessity but it becomes a joy when people around us ensure that we get what we like. I am grateful for having all the food that I like on my plate this month. Fish curry and kada prashad too, made by yours truly.
Work: This month, I also took a step to expand my horizons at work. There were interviews and I was selected for this new role. As I start this role on February 1, I am grateful that my company provided me the opportunity to take up a new career experience. A career is made up of a lot of things and if you get a chance, take some risks and learn. Comfort zone will always be your zone but shaking things up will bring out some exciting new things.
Blogging: This one made me smile and feel so good. I never expected to bag the Runner-Up prize for LGBTQI writing. It was so encouraging to have my favorite bloggers break the news to me as I wasn’t around. This month I also completed four years of blogging and I am grateful to all my readers for their love and support.
Like you have read many times on this blog, I share things that make me happy. When things go wrong, I turn to self or my close ones for support. Life will continue to play games but it is up to us to pick ourselves up. We need to keep running with what we have got.
Linking to Vidya’s Gratitude Circle for January 2017.