This is also the last part of this series .
So here we are at the end of 2020 , an incredible year in every sense. In the middle of the year I couldn’t wait for this year to pass and here I am to all honesty admitting that I will miss some parts of it.
Thank you 2020 for bringing me closer to myself and my loved ones.
Also thankful to everyone I am following here , glad to be connected with you all wonderful humans and learning from you about the books , authors , writings and so much more.
Gratitude has been the mantra for this year.
I had enough time to think, reflect , peel my own layers of vulnerability, unexplained behaviors and understand why I did certain things or felt a certain emotion at a certain time .
There is nothing more joyful when you feel at peace with your own self and your inner and outer self are aligned.
Few things I did this year :
✳️ Picked up habit of binge watching Netflix in 2020 which I also left in 2020.Yay !
✳️ Resumed my reading. ( 5 books if that counts for an year 🙈)
✳️ Resumed my blog and writing.
✳️ Created new instagram account for this blog (skrblogs) .
✳️ Resumed my painting after a 2 year gap 🎨
✳️ Mindful eating, focusing on my health and losing some of my pregnancy weight.
✳️ Practicing Gratitude.
I am still thinking of my 2021 goals to be..Perhaps just continue the good habits I have developed in 2020? What about your 2021 goals, have you been thinking or decided already ?
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In mid of 2020 while I resumed my work after 3 and half month break , I found myself struggling with home working for online meetings or conf calls or even remote working with my colleagues.
The idea of being hidden behind the computer , not sharing my coffee breaks or chitchats or lunch breaks with colleagues and friends at work or no human contact in general was intimidating.
Soon I adjusted to it then I started liking it and now it’s like being in love with it. I rather now have nightmares of going back to usual work life .
I now can plan my breakfast otherwise was skipping or eating a toast on train, cook myself a fresh lunch which used to be leftovers in a lunchbox warmed at work and an early dinner, no time wasted in travelling. I can even use that extra time to sleep a bit extra in mornings .
I got so much time to spend with my son and my family this year which otherwise couldn’t be possible. ( sometimes it gets difficult too when he comes running in between of a meeting shouting mummy mummy )
I think it also taught me to be more responsible and to manage my work time better with no body really minding a team , after all we are all adults . We don’t really need bosses to watch us all the time. It has definitely evolved a new level of leadership – self leadership.
For all of this and more I am truly grateful for 2020 .
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It was September this year when I had really low energy levels and fatigue , I fixed my appointment with physician and went to check if my sluggish thyroid had got more sluggish and needs a dose adjustment. He did a few tests , took blood samples and asked me to call back tomorrow for my results.
The next day I was surprised by the call from Doctor , his voice quite low and serious and he asked me to come back next morning to run more tests. He found the kcrf reading of my kidneys problematic.
We needed to do more tests and ultrasounds to make the correct diagnosis and analysis.
It took a week of redoing so many tests and finding out that everything was good alhumdolillah .
And that week was longest week of this year , hanging in between and hoping that results should be okay. With the second round of tests my kcrf reading came normal, it can be that low if you are really dehydrated and me being me I am always bad at drinking water.
It took me as a shock that here I was taking care of my health, trying to lose pregnancy weight, fussing over covid , planning my life for year ahead, and then if I really had my kidneys functioning at 60 % only then what would my life had become and that too for how long .
Thoughts were coming and leaving at lightning speed. I thought of the cancer patients , nobody wanted a cancer and it happened , nobody wants an accident or illness , it happens or even death it just happens.
Are we ever ready ?
Have we done the things that we always wanted to do if that moment is here ? ( Not counting my travel lists )
There is list of things that I have been wanting to do and am just procrastinating .
And if this is my real second chance and a narrow escape from could have been my life with that first diagnosis.
Here I am trying to revive my readings, writings , introspection , soul searching and awakenings.
2020 has really been a year with lots of reminders, gratitude , patience and a needed thrust to do the things I always wanted to do..
Still another week to go ..
Stay tuned for another or two more posts on this series.
Love and hugs
Looking back in the nostalgic month and thinking back all that had happened.
Life had been moving so fast in terms of speed of cars, internet , our thoughts and their switching time these pasts 10 -15 years that there was no pause ! Pause meant lagging behind, missing out and Fomos .
The reducing speed of our concentration and focus and increasing boredom was raised a concern by some experts which everyone listened but nobody followed their advices.
Until this Corona jolted us all , brought our world to a hiatus.
It hit us so bad because the speed we were moving was crazy, we were bound to fall. There wasn’t any slowing down.
The lockdown made me realize how little we were actually paying attention to our body, mind and soul and how little we really talk to our own self.
I was locked at home in India ( with my family) and we didn’t step out for about 62 days . The mind went bonkers , we were so habitual of not being in our own company , solitude was a foreigner’s land. The mind was so accustomed to the noise that silence was hurting in the beginning.
I spent entire lockdown in 4 pair of clothes , no extra shoes, bags or makeup needed only the bare basic minimum. The hoarder in me was quite surprised to see this ! I still survived not eating my favorite food or cooking it. There was certainly the long walks I missed badly.I missed not seeing my cat and prayed that it survive without us and my indoor plants too.
Amjad had no summer clothes because we didn’t intend to stay that long, we arrived in Feb and could return home in Jun, he had only pyjamas full sleeve tees which we folded both at arms and ankles . He had bad reactions to Indian formula milk , diapers, diaper cream even and was hard to find a doc in lockdown .
My husband had a hard time too , as he didn’t expect to stay that long at my home confined to 4 walls in his room with his tablet and hearing a foreign language all day and food.
But all of us survived alhumdolillah and that’s what matters.
To be continued..
The time of the year has arrived when city is all decked up with lights and people are out enjoying food , shopping and Christmas markets. 2020 brings none of that .
Last year this Month I was booking my holidays for 2020 , my flight for India was booked , and I was booking my holiday trips to Istanbul and Budapest, some of my colleagues were discussing about a virus in China which has infected one city and it just hopped my one ear and skipped the other . Never would have I thought that it would change our lives in this way and for some forever those who lost their loved ones to this deadly virus.
I think we were all living in a cloud and this virus has shook us back to reality..I was watching series where there is speedster who can time travel , space travel, go to other earths and then reality hit so hard when we actually saw a pandemic and a crisis actually looks like ( don’t want to recall the horrors of Indian lockdown where thousands of migrant workers were stuck , temporary displaced, lost jobs, many lost lives not only because of corona but due to hunger , poverty and depression ) and with all advancement we have made in medical science we realized it takes time to develop a vaccine.
Coming back to my trips , they were all cancelled and I was stuck in India for 3 months in the lockdown.( That story deserve s another full post )
Have my goals for 2020 met : honestly speaking I don’t even remember or care what even were they. I am just so glad to be alive , healthy in my home with all amenities and my loved ones too
Alhumdolillah and shukran Allah for that.
Does this lake know
How beautiful it is ?
These trees, grass
The dirt road and
All of them
Do they know
Or they too are
in self doubt!
Are we too
a part of
Admiring it too
like we do
to these views!
When you look back in life ! Good times , Bad times or worse you will only remember the little things that made you smile and happy.
From the most difficult time of my life , I can only remember sipping coffee with my best friend , pouring my heart out to her, our shopping sessions, walks and drives . I remember how my family, cousins and friends reached out for me, heard me out, comforted me and made me laugh..it’s surprisingly annoying that I don’t remember much from the things I was crying over then, those hurtful things that hurt so much in the past.Those painful sleepless nights .
I might have grown over them or thanks to my doggy memory but I am still grateful for all those wonderful memories I cherish now which I thought then was a bad time and my rough phase then.
So whenever you think it’s all bad, there is nothing good happening, remember there will always be something good happening , those teeny weeny simple things in life which you will look back and cherish forever.