Gratitude

Weekly Gratitude 2021 27/52

Welcome to yet another Sunday of my weekly gratitude edition! I’m not going to lie – this week has been rough! What with the lockdown in Sydney, then miserable weather for three days resulting in not stepping out of the house for more than 48 hours and therefore, not having contact with another human being in-person, online disagreements with people who don’t even live in Sydney but have their opinions about our premier, a shitty political farce on a federal level, and some statements out of Queensland’s politicians that could only perpetuate racism in an already insular country, this week has been emotionally exhausting, to say the least. That said, there were a few things to be grateful for amidst this chaos from 27th June to 3rd July 2021:

A short hike on Sunday with my friends LC and CC. They are a couple who live close by and we did a local hike as they want to ensure I’m not alone all the time. Super grateful for friends like these!

A walk in the park on Monday evening with my friend SS who lives in the next street to me

A very supportive manager who allowed me to cry on Monday in our team meeting as I realised the source of my anger against everything is the anxiety of also not knowing when I can see my family next {in addition to spiralling into depression again}. I’ve generally seen them every three or four years but as my manager pointed out, that was my choice and in my control. Now it’s all taken away from me. She’s been super understanding and validating and has asked our team to go gently and not worry about projects too much right now

Some spectacular foggy mornings here – they’re slightly eerie but also fascinating

Being able to have a couple of PT sessions on Thursday morning and Saturday morning

Knowing that NSW has a compassionate premier and a really good leader at least in times of crisis

Week 27

Thursday night virtual drinks with Sammie

Taking the Friday off work for personal leave and focussing on my wellbeing

Going to the local beach on Friday afternoon to enjoy the sunshine, listen to the waves and have chats with my friend LC

Facetiming my friend LS after a really long time

Long Saturday walks by the beach with a friend and good conversation

Still managing to write something most weekday mornings

As I said, it’s been an emotionally exhausting week. I’ve slept for 9 hours on some nights and not much at all on others. This weekend, I decided to take a break from the news and social media because I was spiralling at the thoughtlessness that is Fortress Australia. I have lots of thoughts on these as a woman of South Asian descent, as a migrant who calls Australia home and has lived here for most of my life. But suddenly, it doesn’t feel so welcoming. And that worries me. Because in the end, this is still home.

How has your week been?

Do share!

***Linking with Denyse for Life this week***

Until next time,

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  • Barbara Lofgren
    4 July 2021 at 11:56 am

    Oh Sanch I do feel for you in lockdown again! I hope you do get to travel to see your parents at some point, but we all know that it won’t be for some time yet. I hope next week will be better for you – thoughts and virtual hugs from across the Tasman,
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  • Deborah Cook
    5 July 2021 at 7:39 am

    Definitely a tumultuous week for Sydneysiders Sanch and I’m glad your team leader was / is supportive. It must be extra hard not knowing when you’ll see loved ones next particularly – as it was suggested – when it’s out of your control.
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    5 July 2021 at 9:00 am

    It was great catching up with you. As a migrant myself, I can totally relate to your feelings about Fortress Australia and it not feeling welcoming. What worries me most isn’t the rhetoric of some of the isolationist politicians but that their opinions are so popular. It doesn’t feel like my Australia. That said, hope this week is full of sunny days and ends up out of lockdown!

  • Lydia C. Lee
    5 July 2021 at 10:31 am

    Your fog picture is great. I am sorry if you’ve been feeling the ugly side of our racism – the pandemic has brought out some very ugly and illogical opinions. Trying to convince a little bushwalk might be a good idea….but so far they’re reluctant #Lifethisweek

  • Min @ Write of the Middle
    5 July 2021 at 11:05 am

    Take care of yourself Sanch. I can imagine how difficult it would be being separated from your family and not knowing when you’ll see them again. Hope week 2 of lockdown goes by quickly for you and ends at the 2 week mark. Fingers crossed for you. xo
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  • Debbie+Harris
    6 July 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Oh Sanch I really feel for you. It’s been an awful shitty time. I can fully understand your tears and thankfully you have a supportive team around you. I loved seeing Sydney in the fog and I’m glad you’ve managed to get some walks in with friends. Take care x
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  • Denyse Whelan
    7 July 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Oh gosh, yes, not getting to see people and having our choices taken away from us IS the challenge of this time. And of course as I write, we are all crankier in Greater Sydney because lockdown has been extended. I am feeling for the small businesses, the cafes I usually frequent. Lovely BluJs at Toukley offering to do a Soup for the Soul event on 27 July will now be in their 3rd week of not being open. I will be asking them to leave the whole idea alone if they choose…but seriously every teacher I know has had it up to HERE! That’s me off my soapbox kind of.Your manager sounds insightful. It’s hard isn’t it this being human thing. If you get a chance, my Woman of Courage tomorrow is Juliette O’Brien. Her late Dad was Prof Chris O’Brien (Lifehouse) . Take care my friend…one day we will meet for coffee again. Thank you for linking up for #LifeThisWeek last Monday. I am always pleased to see my old(er) and new(er) blogging friends link up. Your comments make my Mondays rock. Next week, the optional prompt is Self Care Stories. I hope to see you there too. Denyse.
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