Day 308: Unexplained Pain

So yesterday evening I wrote about staying healthy and all the things I planned on doing to stay healthy. After writing my post, I went to bed, like I usually do.

Then this morning I woke up with pain, lots of pain for no reason.

The first pain I noticed was my neck. I could barely move it. Then my right shoulders were also causing excruciating pain, and then I noticed my back. This confused me because I didn’t do anything different yesterday that I don’t usually do. I couldn’t understand why I was in so much pain, I still don’t.

After noticing all this pain, I went about my usual morning routine of shower, dress and eat breakfast. As I was eating my porridge, I started to feel pain in my left jaw. I knew it couldn’t be my wisdom tooth because they were fully grown on my left side. But yet I was in so much pain. The whole day I couldn’t enjoy my meals, even the fruits that I ate were painful to chew. Lunch was almost unbearable.

I’m still in a lot of pain and I have to go to the gym tomorrow. I don’t understand why my body is being attacked by pain but I need it to go away as swiftly as it came.

Prayers are welcomed!


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Day 307: Staying Healthy

So my fight for this month is to stay healthy. Despite the flu-ish headache or the runny nose I refuse to get sick. This is because the next two weeks are very busy weeks for me and there are events that I do not want to miss.

In my fight to stay healthy I will be:

  • Drinking honey and lemon tea once a day
  • Drinking English breakfast tea twice a day
  • Staying away from sick people
  • Getting my flu voucher and a flu shot later this month
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Staying warm

Hopefully if I can keep these up I can stay healthy.


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Day 306: Changing Perceptions

So I’ve been watching The Office nonstop for the last 2 months and I’ve managed to get to season 7. Do I like The Office? Yes! Did I like The Office 7 seasons ago? No!

Season 1 of The Office was unbearable for me. Michael Scott was the most incompetent, childish, attention seeking boss I’d ever seen. I absolutely hated him. I found his jokes unfunny and I began to question Steve Carell’s values for taking on such a role. By season 3 he had started to grow on me. There were rare moments where I found him charming, but most of the time I felt pity for him and dislike.

Through his turbulent relationship with Jan I began to see Micheal for who he really is. A man who just wanted to be loved. By season 7, he had become a character I could relate to. There are other characters that I love and have loved since season 1, but Michael was the most drastic change for me, in terms of my opinion of him. I still have a few more seasons to go but I’m excited to see where the show goes.

Congrats Steve Carell for playing the role so well!


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Day 305: Money

They say “money can’t buy happiness”, this is a statement that I strongly disagree with. “Money can’t buy happiness” is one of those phrases the rich use to placate the poor.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand how the phrase can be correct in some circumstances. If you come from a toxic family that happens to be wealthy, the money won’t bring you happiness because the circumstances of the wealth are unhappy. In that scenario someone might disown their family, leave with nothing and find happiness.

However, in most cases money can buy happiness. A lot of children growing in poverty miss out on their childhood because they have to find ways to bring income to their family. Child labourers still exist despite UN interventions because the families need their children to work for them to afford a meal for the day. To those 152 million children, money will bring a lot of happiness. It will give them food, meals, education, and a roof over their heads. It will afford them a childhood.

And also for the typical working class family, more money means less shifts, less stress. It means not counting pennies, especially during the Christmas period when there is so much pressure to spend on gifts. More money means single mothers can spend less time working and more time with their children.

So like I said, I disagree with the statement that “money can’t buy happiness”. For a lot of people money can open doors that lead to happiness. It can give them opportunities they never had before.


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Day 304: Rain

It’s almost like magic

Falling from the sky

The cleansing of the soul

Washes away all impurities

It’s the call of a Saturday

To stay in and rejuvenate

To tidy and pack things up

Or to risk it all through the rain

To meet the friend

For the much needed catch up


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Day 303: Sly

She thought she was so sly, accidentally showing me pictures of it all. She had mentioned it before twice on the phone and was trying to gage my reaction. It had been years since we’d met up, long enough for me to forget her tricks. I’d thought she had grown too, that this was the start of an open and honest friendship. I believed that she had no agenda, but alas I was wrong again.

She thought she was playing and winning a game, one only she knew how to play. But I was unwillingly to dirty my hands in silly little games. I refused to entertain, let alone tolerate it. I swiftly changed the subject to a topic I knew she couldn’t resist talking about; herself.


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Day 302: The Letting Go

My favourite line of any poem ever is from Emily Dickinson’s After Great Pain a Formal Feeling Comes, and the line is “First – Chill – then stupor – then the letting go –“. The reason why I’m writing about this is because I’m at “the letting go” stage for a lot of things that I’ve been holding on to this year. And it feels so good!

The Letting is filled with uncertainty

It’s future unimaginable

It’s path barely walkable

But it’s reward is one of joy

Of a weight being lifted off

Of a foul smell finally leaving the room

The letting go is me choosing me.


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Day 301: Diwali

Today is the day that everyone returned to the office from their Diwali celebrations. For a longtime, the only things I knew bout Diwali was that it was a time of celebrations and samosas. Over the years I have learnt a lot more about Diwali and Indian food and thought I should share some of my knowledge (on Diwali not the food).

  • Diwali is a five days festival.
  • It is a celebration of light: the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance.
  • It is not only celebrated by Hindus but by Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists as well.
  • Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile.
  • Sikhs celebrate the release from prison of the sixth guru Hargobind Singh.
  • Jains celebrate the moment Lord Mahavira (the founder of Jainism) reached a state called Moksha (nirvana, or eternal bliss).

To all those celebrating this wonderful festival, I say Happy Diwali.


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Day 300: Reflections

So it’s been 300 days since I started my blog! 300 days since the start of this year, and only 65 days left for the rest of the year.

As I’m looking at my goals and adding to the backlog of things I want to achieve, I can’t help but reflect on all the things I’ve yet to do this year. I can’t help but wonder if 65 days will be enough to achieve them. 65 days and then we’re in a new year, a new decade. Only 65 days left of the 2010s.

One of my biggest achievements this year is my blog, consistently writing for as long as I have. And even outside of my blog I have been consistently writing in my journal. Another accomplishment is writing my first paid magazine article, which I was paid handsomely for. All of which wouldn’t have happened if my blog didn’t encourage me to write everyday.

With only 65 days left, I want to complete as many goals as possible or at least have plans in place to accomplish them next year.


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