Hello! It’s World Gratitude Day! What are you grateful for in your life?
Personally, I’m grateful to be alive. So much has happened in the past month! I’m fighting the urge to dump a bunch of stories on you all at once.
It’s been almost two months now since I had Covid. The brain fog and fatigue lasted longer than usual only because I may have been impatient with myself. I truly needed to stop several of my day-to-day activities to get adequate rest. An extended break from the pressures of school was an unexpected grace. I’m grateful that they were understanding.
Nevertheless, my stamina and energy levels have nearly returned to my sense of normal. I have now been able to walk a few miles now without being short of breath. Early mornings, I enjoy walking along the hills in this park with open grounds to explore. It’s become a personal sacred space where the demands of life seem to disappear.
As I walk amongst the hills and see the grass and trees swaying with the wind, I think I understand when Julie Andrews (Maria) sings, “The Hills are alive with the sound of music…” and “I go to the hills when my heart is lonely”.
I enjoy watching the skateboarders at the skate park down below, couples who’ve decided to have a picnic, children’s birthday parties at the water park. I’ve been training my upper body strength at a particular jungle gym that contains 15 challenging obstacles.
I decided to participate in a Terrain Mud Race next year to further improve my recovery! 3 miles and 15 obstacles. Next to the park is a jogging trail within a forest. I enjoy seeing the blooming, wild flowers and listening to the creek down below.
I’ve been following Quora news updates from Mitchell Tsai, retired virus researcher. Various articles have enlightened me as to why half of my coworkers are not vaccinated. Our workplace has not mandated them for various reasons. Though local universities and NSA have now required students and contractors to be vaccinated.
One of my close friends who lives in another city had Covid around the same time I did, and has passed away. Sadly, her father and sister did too. I’ve been grieving the loss of an amazing friend with a big heart. I gave a virtual tribute for her over Facebook since I don’t know if her family is limiting who will attend her funeral in person. I don’t know if she and her family were vaccinated or not. I do know that her immune system was severely weakened by several medications for her other conditions.
After a month-long journey on life support, my cousin’s fiancee also passed away due to Covid complications. He did not take the vaccine. I believe he was worried about it interacting with his kidney and high blood pressure issues. I will forever miss his witty repartee and our conversations.
For all the losses we have experienced around the world, I’m particularly grateful for the Blogger’s Bake-Off this year. I had planned to share a green, spongy Vietnamese Honeycomb Cake that my mother taught me how to make as a young girl. However, I was a bit exhausted. I will share it sometime later. Now getting a chance to catch up on everyone’s wonderful baked goods, a smashing playlist, and loving poetry.
All I can say is WOW! Thank you from the bottom of my broken, mending heart. ❤