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Every situation has an expiry date | Gratitude |

This too shall pass for time helps to evolve not just the situation but the mindset too.

With every passing moment, we seem to either settle into the situation and accept it or start rationalizing it to understand it better. I am saying this with experience. I have had some really shitty moments in my 45 years on this planet. Situations where I thought it would be better if I died than go forward. But today when I look back, the issue doesn’t seem that big or horrid or life sucking.

I am looking at the Corona situation the same way now. That this too will pass and we will look back at in sheer disbelief. Every situation has an expiry date – we just need to wait it out as time and circumstances are neverย  in our control.

With the news of the vaccine trials sounding upbeat about one coming out “soon”, maybe just maybe the darkness is about to wither away. Till then I comfort myself with the recovery rates and opening up of the lock down in phases. I stepped out the other day to take the car out for a run and was surprised to see it was almost peak hour traffic. Yup there are plenty of cars out on the road which made it seem things are getting back to normal.

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♥ Health & Fitness ♥

Parks and colony roads too have more people out walking and exercising. I realized that as I started stepping out for a walk these days. I have been altering my time to ensure the number of people are less out there and finally settled on 5.15 in the morning for a 2.5 km walk. Its a bit early but then I come back and do about 35 minutes of Yoga/Pranayam and feel so so good about it all. Right now the mask and the muggy weather makes it a little difficult to walk fast for me. But I am just so grateful to be out every morning for a bit and also to be back at my fitness regime.

♥ Love & Kindness ♥

This month saw a lot of love and kindness showered upon yours truly. One of my colony friends sent over some prasad (halwa) and sinful brownies to celebrate her daughter’s 12th result. Another pampered me with some fresh dosas, coconut and green chutney; slurrp!

And then I got the best kind of mail- Book mail from Soumya. Its actually a belated birthday present from her and I was thrilled with the two books she has sent me. I have been wanting to read both of them and now cant wait to dig into them.

♥ Books & Movies ♥

The books had me so excited as my reading slump is finally over – Touchwood! And I read my quota of four books this month; out of them two were such monsters to equal 3 books!!!

And one book has been going on audible and god willing I will finish that one too soon.

I caught some lovely movies this month, starting with:

  • Thank you for sharing, starring Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins. This deals with sex addiction and how people end up ruining lives, relationship, careers, etc because of it. Its recognized as an actual disease with group therapy meeting sessions. Terrific concept and amazing flow of story line in this one; ably supported by the entire cast. ♦♦♦♦♦ (Netflix)
  • Irreplaceable you, starring the incredible Gugu Mbatha-Raw in this very Lovestory-esque drama where Abbie finds out she has cancer and a few months to live. Shattered as she was planning to start married life with her childhood sweetheart, she is even more worried about Sam. He is brilliant minded and therefore very absent minded. She tries to find a replacement for herself in his life by getting him to date. All the while she hangs out in group therapy to deal with the cancer.ย ♦♦♦.5 (Netflix)
  • Ford vs Ferrari, starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon in this race to death competition to make and drive the fastest car in the world. Absolutely loved the bromance between the two even as they battle out politics, public opinion and self doubt to do the unthinkable. Its based on a true story and I would say watch it.ย ♦♦♦♦.5 (Prime)

♥ Culinary escapades ♥

I am back in my kitchen now that the mugginess has overtaken the dry heat. Its not ideal but better than before. I tried my hand at baking some potato chips and samosas. They were not perfect but I am going to do another batch soonest to get them there. Just happy to be experimenting again.

Baked a chocolate cake too, to satiate the sweet tooth hankering ๐Ÿ˜‰ And right now my fridge is stocked with fresh pesto, coconut chutney, green chutney, mayonnaise and hummus. Yup I am all sorted for binge snacking now that reading is back on pace.

♥ย Blogging news ♥

I am thrilled to see that I am back at writing consistently in July and ended up putting up 8 posts. An average of 2 posts a week is the ideal I had set for myself this year and happy to get there.

I took to writing some fiction this month and seeing it being appreciated, gave me a huge high. So grateful to all my readers for being such regular visitors and leaving me great feedback. Maybe if I can keep this up, then by the year end I will actually have the confidence to write “that” book ๐Ÿ˜‰

How are you coping with the cooped in feeling now that its been four months? Are we all institutionalized by feeling resigned to the situation? Or is there still some resistance left?

Joining up with Vidya for the Gratitude Circle Linky


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12 thoughts on “Every situation has an expiry date | Gratitude |

  1. That’s really amazing Shalz that you’ve been going for walks early in the morning, that you’ve been reading so much and also, writing a lot on the blog! I’ve not engaged much in blogging but will go and read your old posts this evening. Good to see you are coping well even during these times. Take care x

    1. Thanks Sanch – I have only recently started to step out a bit in the mornings. I try to go when there are less people on the track. Blogging yes has been a very conscious effort and I am very happy about it too. I have been missing your posts and realized you havent been writing much these months. Glad to see you active on insta and reading quite a storm it seems ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Thank you for your post and I liked your title “Ever situation has an expiry date” so true I totally agree with you and believe that everything is subject to change, and so nice to know that you have set targets to make eight posts; and read so many books, and experiments in the kitchen too…

    1. Thanks Angela – I think we are all improving with the situation and hopefully this thing will be just a memory to be filed away as stories to be told to the next of the next generation ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thanks Corinne – happy to see that at least the flattening of the curve has begun, if only just at my end ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Starless Sea and Priory in a single month and you finished two other books too? WOW! You are my Everest <3

    Nice to see you getting back to walking, reading and writing, Shalz. So glad we had that long conversation too, lets do that soon. It is so much fun talking to you.

    Wishing you a wonderful August, it will be great I know ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Yeah woman- that had me patting my back too. It was like reading 3 books instead of 2 ๐Ÿ™‚ I am grateful to myself for getting back into stuff again – this lethargy was totally deadbeat but I gave in instead of fighting it. Thats been the story of my life now.

      I always enjoy yakking with you; hopefully we will be able to meet up soon in person and carry on from there. Hugs

  4. Hey Shalz. Its great to be back on track, right? The weather these days has made me lazy…kitchen and writing..both.
    Lovely to read your gratitude list

    1. Thanks so much Upasna. yes its indeed blissful to be back on track. Some of the lethargy seems to be lifting – thankful for that.

  5. Really hope the madness stops and the rate of recovery is increasing which is positive. Let’s hope the vaccination comes fast and we heal ourselves. Good to see you are keeping fit and setting some writing goals. I am trying to do the same and working on a couple of book reviews with fiction writing. I am also on an e-book, a collection of short stories. Stay blessed.

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