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Five Things That Made Me Happy In March

Petal rains on the doorway
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.

Dandelion in Spring

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.”

Celebration of color in Farmer’s Market Flower Shop

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.

A moody tea cup shot with purple tulips

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.

These prettiest and tiniest flowers I found outside

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.

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Where is March marching for you? AtoZ Challenge is going to start from April 1st. Are you writing daily this year?