30 to 30: Week 2

Friday was crazy! I taught lots of yoga and had to make it to see Derek Walcott’s Pantomime by 8pm.  I knew that I was forgetting something but I couldn’t figure out what.  Saturday morning I planned some quiet time but it was interrupted with emotional upheaval (note to self do not bring phone to quiet time). Finally last night as I drifted off to sleep I realized that I had not updated the blog with week 2 of my 30 days of gratitude.  I’m sorry I’ve been a bad blogger.  Here goes:

Just when I was starting to feel like my old self and getting a good handle on managing fibromyalgia, I got stricken with chikungunya. Even though I spend most of my days in pain, I am still surprised by what my body can do.

This is how I wake up: with a giant head of hair. My hair can be so difficult to manage but it has taught me so much and I love it.

When things were hard and my allergies and medical needs were beyond what my mom could afford, I used to thing that I was meant to go to some other parents. My mom jokes that I am really a princess and somewhere a king and queen are missing the heir to their kingdom, that’s why she can’t afford me. But really I could not have gone anywhere else because she gives me what money could never by: unconditional love and support. When I was getting job offers in January she said “give yoga 1 year”. Without her I would not be living me dream.

I am forever grateful that one day on Eagle I became friends with the kindest, gentlest most warm hearted soul on earth. Words can never describe how much she means to me.

It’s hard to make friends after 30. It’s even harder to make good friends who still know how to play and be silly. I’m thankful for every new friend I make.

I am really amazed at my body’s strength. The past 5 years I’ve had a lot of barely able to walk moments, 2 abdominal surgeries, many ER visits, diagnosed with 3 chronic illnesses. Somehow I’ve healed and I am stronger than ever!

I realized on Friday that I hadn’t been out in 6 months and before that 5 months. My outings are few, so I’m really grateful when they do happen.

What are you thankful for?