Which translates to hurry up, hurry up, hurry up. That’s all I hear myself saying these days. Since I started my new job (yep, started a couple of weeks ago.. Great company, awesome people and we will get to that some other time) I also have a longer commute and an early start to the day. As a result, the tiny tot has a shift in her schedule too and is now an early to bed and early to rise kinda person.
Given that she has preferences about the way certain things need to be done, it just takes so much longer to get the basic day to day activities done. We also necessarily have to fit in bedtime stories, playtime at the park given that spring has set in, atleast one activity a day – drawing/painting/craft, the tidy up routine etc.. you get the drill.
So I have turned into a robot that’s stuck babbling quick, quick, quick and keep urging her to finish so that we can fit everything that’s planned for the day. While we have a ton of fun playing, doing groceries and activities together (we don’t miss out on having fun), we still have a schedule to follow.
All of a sudden I remembered my mom repeating the exact same words as I was growing up and how annoyed I would get to have been interrupted or hurried through my long dreamy eyed mornings. This was when I was in school, for heavens sake!
That’s when realization dawned on me that life is a funny vicious cycle. But my little one is just too little to be hurried so much. So, I have decided to just let go of a few unimportant chores and let the little dreamer explore her wonderland.
Ah! I feel less stressful already 😀
I was watching a TED video about “lets talk crap” and it spun me off tangentially into thinking about my experiences of loos across the globe.
I have been a solo traveler from a young age and I first started traveling to Hyderabad in overnight trains and buses. Much to the nuances that come with a solo woman traveling in India, one of the biggest has been using the loos or so-called loos in dark scary random places on long overnight journeys. But more about those amusing stories for another time. As a solo traveler, you tend to get more watchful, you are more observent and you pay extra attention to details. Any minute detail that helps you blend in as much as possible and evaluate the place better.
Visiting loos right at the airports give you a feel of the economy of a country coupled with the culture and conservativeness of the locals. This helps me form my first impressions of the place even before setting foot.
For instance, In countries like Dubai, Abu Dhabi they are completely closed rooms reflecting the conservative culture while the grandeur reflects the abundance of money. European countries and the UK are classy and modest while in the US and Mexico they are more liberalistic with barely enough privacy! Even within India I have found loos to be much cleaner in Kerala while Delhi is awful.
Now Japan would be an interesting place to visit considering they have culminated technology into their sanitary system, Woshuretto as they call it!
There are so many things I love about March and what tops the list is the start of spring! It is a pretty sight to watch the landscape choke with flowers at their colourful best, the greens of all shades burst forth on bare trees, and ofcourse the water in the swimming pool is not too cold anymore 🙂
As I was driving through stifling traffic today, I had enough time to take my eyes off the road and that is when I was drawn to a lane of Jacarandas. They look like hazy purple smoke when seen from afar and they make the best flower carpets! Ah, the joy of little things.. As I sat there staring at these lovely mauve flowers on tall trees, both my mind and the traffic had cleared up to a smooth drive back home with a big smile on my face. Funny how we miss out on rejoicing life when we are stuck in a ‘rat-race’.
Now that spring is here, I couldnt miss the opportunity of that glorious feeling of just being in water, could I. After a long winter break, I resumed swimming this March and it is great to meet old friends once again. Felt like all of us are marching our way back to the pool after a long hibernation!
The one hour of ‘Me’ time in the pool feels magical – I love doing a backstroke while watching the sun go down, the birds flying back to their homes, the brilliant colors that encompass the steel blue sky and the rise of the milky white moon. At this moment, I can quiet all the voices around me and in my head and just enjoy the moment!
Today has been one of those days when anger took over the best of me no matter how hard I tried to suppress it and it worked out just well at the end.
So the story was I had to get my Dubai visa extended for a month and I had to visit the visa processing agency. I had already made a visit late last week and they bluntly handed over a checklist to me and asked me to get all the missing documents even before checking through the list of documents I currently had despite of me asking them multiple times. So there was this 1 additional document I noticed was missing and today I visited them again hoping it wont take too long. Now they came back asking for an insurance coverage for the extra period although I already have an open valid insurance until I reach India. None of it made sense to them so I grit my teeth and went to the govt office to get additional insurance.
It has been raining heavy in Bangalore and just as I stood by the balcony enjoying the endless water droplets from the sky fall on the flowers in our garden, I started singing involuntarily. I was singing “These are a few of my favorite things” from the movie – Sound of Music! And boy oh boy – did it bring back memories in a flash!
If you were to ask me which is my favorite movie – its got to be unmistakably the musical of 1959 – The Sound of Music. The movie begins high in the misty Alps and is about a free spirited young Austrian woman, Maria (Julie Andrews – the main character in the movie).
Time and again I am reminded of how appreciation and giving credit to little things any person does can build to become an ocean of motivation and self-confidence in him/her. Not only does the person become proactive and enthusiastic to do things better, he/she also sets higher targets for themselves and surprise you.
I think it comes from the basic instinct of any human being to be felt important. Appreciation can be a subtle act of telling “I recognize what you did, I like it and I care”. It can do wonders in building the relationship between any two people. Be it a husband and wife, friends, a parent and child, colleagues or even the maid who helps you day in and day out (whom we more often than not, take for granted).
On the other hand, pointing fingers, yelling, or punishing a person (unless until absolutely essential) can do no good in getting things done. It not only sets in an unpleasant atmosphere but will also demotivate the person in many ways. Its crucial to get to the roots of the problem, not the person.