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 never 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!!!
- The Priory of the Orange Tree
- An Ember in the Ashes
- The Starless Sea
- Serafina and the Black Cloak
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. ♦♦♦.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. ♦♦♦♦.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 😉 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.
♥ 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 😉
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
You can check out my previous Gratitude post here….