Thanking my stars – August 2017
When things can go wrong, they won’t. Murphy’s law is not true all the time. When I say this, let me prove this to you by sharing how August fared for me.
During the entire August, I have a lot to thank my stars for. So in the order of how things fell into place, here is why things went well.
- For the initial few days of the month in the US, I had a few unique experiences. One that will stay with me was a visit to the St Paul’s farmers’ market. I am grateful to AVW and AZ for showing me the city and sharing nuggets about the history and culture of St. Paul. I am grateful for their warmth and love.
- CK did not let me feel lonely. While her own car was getting fixed after the mishap, she got her dad’s car to drop me to the airport. We also ate at the Olive Garden and the food was delectable. She made my trip memorable with all her love and thoughtfulness. I am grateful that life gave me another chance to meet her.
- I traveled to India alone. The layover, the many security checks, co-passengers and the jet lag did not bother me. I met some good people, ate good food, loved ginger ale and was able to walk a lot in my flight. I reached home before time and yes, the office security was there to receive me in the middle of the night. VT was all awake to welcome me home. What more could I have asked for?
- VT had planned our Ladakh trip and was ready with all the maps, directions and things we needed to travel. His parents too had bought food items for us to carry. Because of all the planning and support, we able to hit the road on that Saturday morning. The morning after we reached. It was a good start and per the plan.
- We covered close to 3000kms in an Alto. How many times did we face car issues? Not even a single time. On our journey, we saw big SUVs broken down but our little car kept on going. The various car fixing things we carried came back home unopened. Another thing to be grateful for. The Ladakh region is known for its uncertainties but we were lucky to travel just as we had planned.
- Talk about AMS. Yes, the devil by the name Acute Mountain Sickness. We popped a pill a day after Srinagar and kept ourselves hydrated. We watched our food intake, ate healthily and did not fall sick. No nausea, tiredness, heavy heads or loss of breath. VT had mild fever one evening but that was due to lack of sleep the previous night in Hanle. He recovered after two hours of slumber.
- Our phones had no network or data. The physical maps and an on and off BSNL connection helped. We lost our way twice but got to explore some new places and still managed to reach our destinations before the Sun set.
- We met some friendly people and hosts all along. They helped us with directions, lent their phone to make calls and entertained us with some interesting stories and conversations. In Srinagar, a family helped VT buy a pair of jeans and then even dropped us to our houseboat on Nigeen lake. A cab driver in Leh led us tail his car so we were able to not miss any turns. A Gujarati family fed us Khakhras and entertained VT when I was out clicking. Many maggies and cups of tea kept us warm. The omelets and parathas were made with love and that showed.
- Our trip was to be on the road for 12 days. We were able to stick to the schedule and did not miss a single day. On the 15th day, we were able to drive back to Kurukshetra, from where we started. The Ram Rahim verdict make us anxious but the drive was safe and quick. Our train to Delhi got canceled but we were able to book tickets for a better train to reach Delhi much before time. I got to spend some time with my brother at the airport and it felt that the trip got its closure.
There are very few times in life when we realize that the Universe is all along helping and guarding us. This month I felt that. Every little thing was just as it should be and I am grateful for all the sunshine. At work, folks managed work and I did not feel the pressure of being away. August feels like one of those months in life which I will remember. Both for the experiences and the perfection.
How was your August? What is that one thing you were grateful for?
Linking with Vidya’s Gratitude Circle.