Fly me to the moon!

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She opened her eyes and looked around as she was sitting on her swing. It seemed like such a fresh view, which surprised her as she was on the swing for past hour. She noticed how the waves were touching her feet gently when the swing was still. It made her feel like she was part of the sea, a small miniscule part of a big ocean but clearly completing the ocean. Just like each human completes this world and makes it what it is, a part of a big picture. She smiled at this positive thought. She started swinging, bending till she was almost laying horizontal to sand. As she swinged, she stared at the setting sun. Dusk was her favorite part of the day. It portrayed a love story between moon and sun which she could witness. The sea was in process of swalloing the sun and the moon was already up and about in the sky. Sky. She now stared up as she continued to swing. Clouds were pretty today, she thought. Well, when are they not? Came the second thought running behind. She smiled. It made her happy, looking at the clouds. She could see some shapes forming and she tried to guess what was what. She observed all the changing colors in the sky, from blue clear sky to white as clouds came in, to yellow and orange taking over like making love as sun was setting, to a hint of pink like the sky blushed as it saw moon and sun meeting for that fleeting moment to it all becoming a dull gray. She sat up and stopped swinging. She noticed how the wind had picked up and it was blowing into her face. It was also getting cold. She sighed as she realized she will have to go now. She took in the scene one more time, the trees lined up behind her, the vast never ending ocean, the waves touching her feet, the residual of sun’s light, the sky and the stars starting to come in as clouds parted away. She closed her eyes and felt the wind. She felt like she dropped something and bent down to pick it up. As she did so, she saw a tiled floor and she was shocked for a moment. She sat up in shock and took in the surroundings. She was at her home, sitting on a swing and had dropped off the phone. Oh, what a dream!

No such thing as too much vacation!!

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My vacation was suppose to end today and we were going to head home but then Saturday night we read the news that the state released some restrictions so we decided yesterday to extend for a day and now we leave tomorrow afternoon. I am big on such impromptu ideas, however they are not always met with same excitement or improvisation that I have. If someone suggests ideas to me, I am always open to them. I do think it is in someway because I know how it feels to be flooded with negativity when you suggest an idea to someone. It’s really hurtful when the first thing someone has to say is “no but what about blah blah”. If you do have some valuable input, can that not be suggested AFTER considering what someone has said? It sure can be, I know it because I sure follow the same. So maybe next time you see someone come to you filled with excitement, don’t deject them with your negativity. It’s okay if you want to give some feedback, but there is a huge difference between negativity and feedback. Huge. So everyone who broadcasts negativity in the name of “suggestion”, please do better. We know what’s what.

My impromptu idea worked this time with some hurdles and we did try to make the most of the day. I am traveling in south india and today was the first time I also came across a very common “language barrier” which has been connected to south as they have a completely different language. Honestly, so far we were really getting along with mix of hindi and english but today I actually communicated in a local person’s tulu vs my english. It seems hilarious now and was completely confusing at that time!! So, we went to the beach for sunset and we were told the transport back to hotel will be super easy to find. We spent our evening and really took our time and left a little before dark. However, much to our surprise, there was no transport available. We kept looking for almost 15 mins when I decided to speak to a local. He kept asking me questions in tulu and trying to guage the hand gestures I responded what I wanted. He then halted another local who was riding a bike and asked him to get transport for us. I was really unsure if that’s what is happening because it was all communicated in their local language. No transport came, no surprises there. I tried stopping a guy on his scooty and much to my surprise he stopped and spoke to me in english. I told him the issue and he said he will send the vehicle as he is going in same direction. With confidence but still doubtful, we started walking in the direction of where vehicle was expected from. After walking for 5 mins, sure enough we saw the local vehicle and when we stopped it they said the guy on scooty had sent him! I was so happy and thanked the guy (though he was not there). Bless him!!! It was pretty adventurous for us as we reached hotel much after dark!

Ah well, if you were at a beach with scene as beautiful as below, would you leave on time? 🙂

Sun playing peekaboo!
Best monday blues!

Bump in the road!

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My vacation is going good. However, like everytime there is vacation anxiety attached. When we are checking out places we want to visit, there is always a thought of leaving something out or missing out some place. I mean what if that place is superb and we just don’t visit it? That’d make me so sad. Also, sometimes aiming to over achieve you forget to pause and enjoy!! So far, we have stuck to the plan and it’s all so beautiful but anxiety hits when the day ends, forcing me to overthink what coming day holds and what if I goof up on that. The crux of the matter is, I want to see new things and I want to see them all. Earlier, I did not really rest and my vacations were super hectic but that was okay as I was also mentally much stronger. Right now, my mental health needs vacations which are paced well but anxiety makes me want to change the course. Here’s to hope I can overcome my anxiety and enjoy the places I am at 🙂

Posting what keeps me sane during such episodes of anxiety!

Sunset today!
Beach!
Sky!

Ode to sunsets!

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Mix of hues, beautiful and soothing,
Talk to me of love, talk to me of me,
Love paints the sky anew each evening,
Curiosity hits and mixes with desire to flee.

Is it real or is it all a dream?
The glory, the beauty and the calm,
Heart is full yet mind is blank it seems,
Oh sunset, perhaps that’s your charm.

They ask, tell me what’s love,
Unknown to the wonders the clouds unfold,
I know what it is, answer fits like glove,
It envelopes the sky each evening, loud and bold.

Butterflies in the stomach, happiness in the air,
Isn’t that how you felt when we first met?
Breathing in tranquility, free of all care,
What else is love, if not sunset?

Peace in the chaos!

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I had a very bad day today, all insecurities were like dancing in front of my face and saying, “how you doin?”. Probably the only time I din like Joey’s go to line. It is not easy to be shoved with rudeness and yet get out of it and see happiness. However, today I learnt that it can happen. Something as simple as a sunset and my plants during sunset fixed my mood. It did not fix the issue, obviously, but it just made it less relevant. For now, I am happy. Sunset and my plants, they came to my rescue. Whoever is having a bad day, I am sharing the pictures and I hope this cheers you up. Whoever is having a good day, this is added bonus. I don’t want to continue writing more for this post, I am scared I will ruin it! Just that kind of day.

Light in the darkness
The blank plant you see was eaten by a monkey and now it is starting to grow again, I am so glad we did not give up on it.
My whole ❤

I live for sunsets and some love!

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Today’s post is only going to be about me expressing gratitude. Someday’s you don’t feel anything but gratitude, today’s that day for me.

A lot of things happened today which made me feel thankful. Some big, some small. I met my parents and grandmom after more than a month, I missed them but I only realized how much after I met them. They did not know I was coming and the sheer happiness on their faces, may they always be this happy. I saw an entire sunset today without any thoughts. Peaceful, that’s how it feels. Some music, my swing and nature’s beautiful art. I am anyway a big time sunset lover so all sunsets make me feel sheer gratitude! I ate food for soul, I was craving “dadi ke paranthe” and she made it even when she is not 100% well. I know it’s just how family loves you but I am so grateful I have it. Super super grateful. I have met some wonderful people out here who are so inspiring and I learn everyday from them. For this particular point, I have been feeling grateful this whole week, I really needed to be strong and posts and people here helped. They made me so happy at unexpected times. I have people who love me enough to peel mangoes for me. This is no small feat, I can cut mangoes but peeling them is a task, I end up wasting so much of it. Lucky for me, my loved ones are always up for helping me.

A big big big thank you to the universe!❤

We often take for granted the very things that deserve most of our gratitude.