It’s raining a lot in California. And with rain and then blooming flowers in cold sunshine, March seemed like the longest yet the happiest month after two foggy months. I have decided to write five happy things from every month this year, so that even the long months don’t look dead afterward. Someone said, happiness is a journey not a destination. I must have paused at every turnout to note down these stories from life.
The Dandelion: Our Common Amusement
On a bright morning , during our morning stroll last week, I noticed a single dandelion blooming beside the paved way. I parked my daughter’s stroller, held it closer and tightly with one hand, did a good photographer squat and clicked two photographs of the dandelion using my other hand. When I was done, I saw two amused tiny eyes observing my action. We looked at each other and laughed. There was that moment that I craved. Our moment of common amusement. “It’s funny to grow up with a crazy mom, You will notice slowly. I know it because I grew up with one,” I explained to her, and together we marched with pride.
The Least Significant Battle
I am eight pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. With baby’s feeding schedule, poopy diapers, targeted milestones, daily laundries, I forget how I was supposed to look as per those celebrity magazines. But my muscles don’t forget, they have better memory, and they yawn as soon as I ignore them. So nowadays almost every day I make twenty minutes to go out to stretch and stride. On one such evening, when I was busy blaming the universe for every bad thing that happened to my health, I met a man at the traffic signal. He was stretching his arms and shoulder while waiting for the signal to go green. He grinned and greeted hello without stopping his exercise. I noticed from a close distance he had an artificial limb. When the signal turned green, he crossed the road faster than anyone around us. Since that evening I haven’t whined anymore about what I lost and I have been constantly reminding myself – “My battle is the least significant battle.”
Trevor Noah Moment
I did not know who Trevor Noah was until I came across his Netflix original “Afraid of the Dark” this month. His remarkable comments on gender issue and why people should travel more made me want to follow him. I already looked him up on internet and I am his new fan.
Those Small Little Moments
I clicked one thousand seven hundred photographs in March. Which means, there were several little moments that I wanted to freeze. And those moments included my increased stamina on treadmill, my baby’s excited playtime in the bathtub, all the blooms in the ‘hood, and all these food I cooked to kill stress. If I ever want to know how my month was, I’d browse through the camera roll and the monthly folder in my memory card.
The Wellness Schedule
First it seemed pretty difficult. I had no help during my moments of stress. So to unwind, most of the time I decided to go online, reading zillion news here and there, reading opinions and comments on social media because holding a phone while multi-tasking is the easiest way to distract yourself from whatever is happening in reality. On second week of March, I went offline for two days. I felt very relieved, content and happy after that. Who cares what people think of current political scenario every single day, or which celebrity is getting pregnant. Now almost every week, I am offline for two days and the secret is, those days are the best days of my week. If possible, I will follow this wellness schedule for the rest of the year.
Where is March marching for you? AtoZ Challenge is going to start from April 1st. Are you writing daily this year?