I think it’s important to be grateful not just for the highs that a week brings, but the lows too, and what lessons those lows can bring. This fourth week of the year was mostly happy, with a bit of sadness. I’m grateful for whatever that came my way. I do not wish to focus on the sadness, but I know it has shown me something in myself that I need to work on, need to change towards the better.
- I have a wonderful mum. I mentioned in my previous gratitude post that she was constantly reminding me of things to do before my trip. She continued with that support till the last minute, and it helped a lot. I tend to be unsure with last minute decisions, and she helped me to resolve some of them.
- This week brought just the one book to read. I purposely didn’t add to it while I was traveling, though I did try to read even there. The book I read was a set of short stories set in Kashmir, so it was a difficult but poignant read. With that, I completed a reading challenge for the fifth time (counting bonus rounds), and I’m grateful that I could do that.
- I went to the Jaipur Literature Festival for the first time. I went with my best friend, who helped a lot to get me media accreditation too, so we could have a fun time together. That did happen. I’m grateful to her, and for that experience. It’s not an experience I am going to forget, ever. It was all the more sweet because I had my bibliophile friend to share it with.
- Met many authors I had only dreamed of meeting someday. Markus Zusak, Alexander McCall Smith, Gulzar, Kishwar Desai, A J Finn and Andrew Sean Greer were some of those. Also met Chitra Divakaruni Banerjee again. I had never thought these literary superstars were approachable, but they turned out to be quite humble, engaging people. I’m grateful that they were, because they made the adventure more amazing for us.
- Non-fiction is a genre I always think twice before approaching. I had only heard of the book Being Reshma, by Reshma Qureshi, an acid-attack survivor, activist, model and author. My friend had requested an interview with her, and I am grateful to have been part of that interview. Hearing Reshma’s answers was a very powerful thing. The emotion and the determination in those answers was palpable.
- I loved my first trip of the year. The weather and the food at the hotel was wonderful. The latter was so good that we didn’t need to go exploring for food options at all (even though both of us are foodies!)
- Last, but definitely not least, I’m grateful for friendship and the kindness of strangers. I think this week would have gone so differently without those. The reasons for this mention are personal, but I’ve always been grateful for the former, and this week just emphasized that a lot. It also showed me I can be a better friend too, and I will strive to be.
This week, I’ll share a quote that I found in a book I recently read, The Woman in the Window by A J Finn. I think it is apt for a lot of reasons, and it’s something to inspire me too.
“And if I don’t want to die, I’ve got to start living.”
I love this idea of noting/recollecting what I’m happy/grateful for each week.
How was your week? What made you feel happy?