Gratitude List – November 2017
Who bakes her own birthday cake and then cuts and eats it first thing after a good Yoga session in the morning?
**You know whose hand is going up in the air.**
It was the birthday month and as expected, a good one. One thing that I did and surprised myself was taking my birthday off Facebook. I still don’t have a good reason to justify but I know that there are a lot of people who genuinely missed wishing me. Trust me, I am good with that. I know that those who want the best for me are not looking for a day a year. So it’s settled, folks.
Coming over to November, did it start yesterday? I have no clue where the month went?
There were a lot of things that kept me busy on work front and then November was also the Wikipedia Asian Month. So, when ever I had the time I was creating content. It kept me slightly away from the blog but a month a year is okay. On the positive side, I created biographies for eleven Indian women on Wikipedia.
Let’s get to my list and you know all things below are equally important. So there is no order to follow here.
To be able to do what I like: I know that we are all the queens and kings of our lives. In the best case scenario, we would love to do what we want. I feel grateful that I do what I like to do. Whether it is clicking pictures from my balcony, buying plants, editing Wikipedia or avoiding cooking. Our life is ours and to be able to live it to our terms is the most encouraging thing.
Travelling to work: My company has two offices in Bangalore and with the work I do, I have to distribute my days in both the locations. One office is ten minutes from where we live but the other one is close to an hour away. For 15 kilometers(~10 miles), I end up spending over two hours a day. This is not a rant though. I am exploring options and one of them is carpooling. If you haven’t yet heard about QuickRide (it’s in Kochi and Bangalore and available on both iOS and Android). You can use my referral code MIH85 to get 10 points when you complete your first ride. I will get 10 points too. All in all, I am saving money and having conversations that are food for thought. I am grateful to realize that there are solutions as long as one is willing to explore.
It’s officially winters: Well, you can argue that Bangalore stays moderate all the year round but that chill in the morning and night is winter for us Bangaloreans. It’s not as bright at 6 am and around 6:30 pm it feels like 8 pm. Days are shorter and nights are longer. I am grateful that this weather helps me stay healthy and relaxed.
Workouts: 20/30. Not that awesome but I am happy. Consistency is the key in my mind and I am glad I am able to stay regular. I am grateful that there are good instructors who push me and know when to not. Between two centers, I pick up classes that I like. On the days I work out, I feel happier and energetic. Like they say, it’s a high. The back hasn’t been bad too. The days I feel lazy, I tell myself that no one else can take care of my body. That thought alone keeps me going.
Getting to know people: Over my cab rides to and from work, I am getting to know people I travel with. There is so much of inspiration in the world that all we need is to absorb what we listen. SK’s dad is retired and he teaches poor children in a house he has rented. All he wants in return from this work is that the children continue their education. SK’s mum has also joined this initiative and together the couple teaches over 50 kids in Greater Noida. I am grateful to know that life offers more than we can imagine.
Love, the way it is: A lot of people asked me what presents I got for my birthday and I told them the truth. VT and I don’t buy gifts for each other. We shop together and we are comfortable with that. What I love is that I am who I am with VT. He manages chores as much as he can. Morning tea on most days is his thing. He can’t cook but when I am on my long calls he is the one who brings me food ensuring I get to eat all that I love. If there is left over rice, he knows who should eat that share. I am grateful that love isn’t a definition or a concept to follow.
November was a fun month and we are ready to wrap 2017. Did I mention we are heading out on another road trip? Yes, we planned it and it’s on the cards. More to come on that. These lessons above are now adding to the 35 lessons of life. Before I forget to share, Mum sent me a kurta that arrived an hour ago. She also wrote me a letter making my heart go warm and mushy. I love the little things our parents do for us. Things no one else does.
How was November for you? What is that one thing you are grateful for this month?
Linking with Vidya’s Gratitude Circle and wishing you all a happy December.