Change is good, but adapting to change is also hard. Last week I felt a little more overwhelmed than usual and wrote a post – I may look okay but I am not really okay. I felt a bit better afterwards and decided the best way to get over it is to keep myself busy.
Life goes on
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, no matter what, it is the fact that life does go on. Even as I tried to look at all the silver linings, I’ve been cooking, cleaning, eating, exercising, sleeping, reading books, and binge-watching shows. And feeling grateful for my family who is always supportive and tackles me with their unique sense of humor.
In the meantime, we had another total lockdown for a little over a week. The numbers are steadily high, though, and we’re staying home. Crazy situation – don’t know when it will all settle down. I am guessing we are going to live with this situation at least till the end of the year until it is considered safe to resume what we used to call “normal” life.
How are you adapting to change?
And oh! son’s college has asked the students to vacate their rooms. So, we ended up doing some virtual running around and calling in some favors to get that done. Really challenging to get these things done. I am grateful we had someone willing to help. This year-end has been crazy for all students and especially for son’s batch – as they’re finishing their five-year course. They were all looking forward to fun times, graduating in style and so on. Sigh. As I said, adapting to change can be tough.
When I feel low, I find that learning something always helps. So, I thought I’ll enroll in a couple of courses on Udemy, thanks to some credits I received as a Google Local Guide. As I freaked out about which courses to take after narrowing it down to three, I decided to ask my sister for advice. She just gifted me two of them and told me to shut up and get the third. Gratitude for the gift I received from Vanita, who always has my back and sometimes reads my mind. That’s a bit scary but I am grateful for it.
My special gratitude this month goes to all my friends – friends whom I’ve known for decades, who are still in touch thanks to technology. I am fortunately to be able to video chat with them, which is the next best thing to meeting. Although, nothing can beat being able to sit together, share coffee and conversations and hugs and smiles and look at each other’s expressions and perhaps wipe each other’s tears when things get emotional. Well with a history going back decades what to expect? Some moments do come up in conversation. So grateful for this.
Also, grateful that most of my friends are too lazy to type and prefer to send audio messages. So much nicer to hear their voices than reading words.
The work front is slowly looking up. I started editing a new manuscript and I am grateful for the work. I hope that on this note more work comes in because I could really use the money.
Besides blogging, I’ve also resumed writing on Medium. But it is good exercise writing there because if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it is that nothing ever goes waste. And whether or not there’s a deadline, we constantly need to exercise those creative muscles just to sustain the habit.
Ah, by the way, this blog turned 17 years this month. On 9 July to be precise, when I wrote my first post on blogger dot com when Google acquired the platform. Since then, it has been a long and wonderful journey of learning, meeting extraordinary people who have become friends, and personal and professional growth. From a random journal of thoughts this blog has grown into a more structured and focused space on the web with the goal to make you smile. I like to think I am well on my way to achieving that. What do you think?
I remember, when I was approached for my first ever sponsored post over fifteen years ago, I had to decline as it wasn’t suitable for this blog. But it opened up the possibility that I might actually be able to earn something from blogging.
I found my motivation by pledging to donate any money earned through this blog to charity. And while I have not become rich, I am happy to think that I’ve made some decent contributions to the welfare homes in my city and elsewhere. This has been a lean year so far for me but I am glad I can still make a difference in lives. You know what they say – every drop matters.
I am grateful for all the lovely emails and messages I get from people all over the world, thanking me for my words or wanting to talk. These wonderful conversations make it all worth it. It is such a privilege to connect in this way and just endorses my belief that there are no strangers; only friends we haven’t met . . . yet.
On the lighter side, I was playing with a pair of scissors and decided, on a whim, to cut my hair. This time I cut off a few inches more than I intended to because—you know—the crunch of the scissors on the hair is exciting. I am happy, though. Definitely lighter and somehow liberating, you know? I even posted a pic on Facebook.
So that’s that. Looking forward to an interesting August.
“As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise woman adapts herself to circumstances.” Confucius
How did July go for you?
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I’m so glad that you are sounding more positive than the post you wrote about not being ok. One thing I’ve learned about this pandemic is that nothing goes in a straight line. It’s up and down and all around. Talk about a year of curve balls!
I’m doing a live video on Monday to celebrate my 12 year sobriety milestone that is coming up on the 2nd, I’m thinking of adding that blog post to your gratitude circle ❤
Ah so there’s my confirmation – you like voice notes 🤣 I find them so much easier when I’m juggling my work and kids!
Have a fantastic weekend Vidya!
Oh wow! Nice to see you sounding upbeat as I am too in my latest gratitude post. Either we have been institutionalized in this lock down or we are still left with some resistance. I am also somewhat back in my stride though work is not on at the moment.
Happy to see work is trickling back in for your Vidya- it must be a huge relief. I am curious to know what courses you went for and how are they working out. All the best for them.
Your hairstyle is certainly very fresh and new- I did the same to mine about 2 months back. As you said the crunch sounded so nice, I just kept going 😉
Wishing you a very joyful moth ahead with loads more things to be positive about – hugs
As always, so many things you say help me to straighten up my life and look forward in a more positive manner. I <3 you, Vidya!
And seventeen years!! I thought I was doing well but I'm waaaay behiind you! Bless you for being there, for all of us.
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Lovely to see you sounding upbeat in this monthly wrap up. Glad to see things are getting better on the work front. Kudos to you for cutting your own hair. It’s not something I’d ever dare to do! I hope things get better soon on the lockdown front. Happy Blogoversary! Take care Vidya and here’s to a good August!
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I want to congratulate vidya for the 17 years of blogging, appreciate your commitment and your perseverance to continue, and consistently inspiring and bringing smile on my face. I am glad to hear about your son and how you managed everything for him. Interesting to hear that you have attended a course on udemy. It is always nice to keep one self busy, that’s what i have been doing after the lock down. I have seen your photo on the face book with a short hair. I am always happy to read your post vidya, thanks always for motivating and spreading positivity through all your posts. I have grown so much from within reading your posts. Thank you vidya, and may God bless you in abundance.
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17 years? Almost an adult unlike you 😛
You are so awesome, Vidya. The positivity your posts ooze is quite something. I’m glad you are feeling good and don’t worry the work front will pick up soon. I saw your “chop chop” picture on FB and went, “That’s a delicious looking chop” <3
Lots of love!
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you make me feel so positive. that’s your greatest blessing. keep on spreading hope and love.
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I have been in the same boat as you. I keep myself busy and look for silver linings but July also got me anxious. Situation at home, the numbers that were rising and health of loved ones coupled with uncertainty was too hard for me to handle. But then, like you said family and loved ones helped me out.
I want to go back to the ‘normal’ days. Let’s see when that happens.
Congrats on 17 years of the blog. So so amazing. I have known your blog for the last 7 and every time I visit, I leave happier.
This too shall pass. Hoping that your August has started on a good note. Hugs and love!
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17th Anniversary of Blog? Congrats .
July was mostly routine for me. Ima missing my Summer travel. The fall season will start here soon and we miss those sunny outdoor times. I wish you have a happy August Vidya.