Here’s the link to my new blog! Step by Step in the Right Direction
To carry over from yesterday’s post, I enjoyed my first day off from the job-that-shall-not-be-named-on-the-weekends. I spent a part of it at a beach located near where my mom works for a couple of families. She had been meaning to bring my brother and me here, and it made me happy to see that we were all able to do something together that my mom enjoyed. Plus, it was the first time that I did anything related to summer since I haven’t been able to get out due to my work and volunteer schedule.
The 100 Happy Days journey has been a blast. Fortunately the doubt that I would be able to find something different that made me happy everyday did not come true. Some days I planned ahead what I expected my happy post to be about, whereas other days it was a surprise. As predicted, a lot of my posts were centered on two of my favorite things, food and friends. Above all, I enjoyed following my friends completing this challenge as well. For me it was a way of learning what they each care about and find happiness in. I will miss reading their posts and reflections before bed every night.
Throughout all the unexpected happy tokens, one thing that has been consistent is a friendship that has grown during the past school year. Hanging out with him and learning more about him has made me happy over the course of our time together. Plus, he’s been indirectly involved with several of my posts. At the start of this challenge, my friend and I hinted at each other that there might be something more between us but did not confess to it. We’ve had different twists and turns since then, with me being a bit of the more complicated one (sorry!). We’ve decided to date, unfortunately long distance at the moment. I think we’re both a little crazy here, but we shall see where this takes us.
To infinite happy days… and BEYOND!
P.S. Thank you to everyone who followed this blog. I will be creating a new one soon in which I will keep track of how a decision I make each day somehow is a “step in the right direction” regarding my personal growth, or academic and professional goals. Stay tuned for the link!
As of tonight I get to enjoy some relief from Subway for TWO WHOLE DAYS. Also, I have almost recovered from my cold and now have a functional but slightly hoarse voice.
No work and cold means I can now spend some actual quality time with my family, including tonight with my brother’s sense of humor. Plus I finally get to enjoy an NBA championship game, and maybe even follow a Red Sox game. Let the weekend begin!
One of the benefits of having the family apartment to myself before going to work is that I can sing and dance along to songs on the radio like no one’s watching… because, well, there literally isn’t anyone to witness me make a fool of myself. Whether it’s been doing chores or just trying to have a little fun, I’ve been keeping myself amused all week with a little dance and sing-along.
I rocked out to this song today, out of all possible music choices.
If I find something to be an inconvenience, my initial response is to look at it negatively. At first I am too stubborn to turn the situation around and see what I can get out of it or how it’s better than any other problem I could be in. Today’s Subway shift was one of those moments when I realized that I’m not as bad off as I sometimes consider myself to be.
I came into Subway upset about my shift schedule since it has kept me from seeing family during regular hours of the day. I had come home for the summer in order to spend time with them, and now I barely get any time to see them.
Along came a customer who was an interesting character from the start. He poked fun at me for greeting him with “Welcome to Subway!” by assuring me he knows where he is and that he is even certain of what planet he’s on. After I completed his order, he stuck around the register to have a conversation with me. I shared with him how I’m here for the summer and my plight of not being able to see my family. He then went on to tell me his life story to point out to me how he has never known what it means to have a family because of his estranged adopted parents. He told me I’m lucky that I don’t see my family because of a scheduling conflict none of us intended. He didn’t get to see his family because they didn’t care.
At the end of the conversation, I realized how fortunate I am to at least at the end of the day have a place to return to called home. Even if I do just get to see my dad in the car ride home from work, sit down with my mom for 20mins or so before she’s off to bed, and just shoot a quick hello to my brother before he closes himself up in his room, I should appreciate these short moments that I have and make the best of them.
I found some words of encouragement on the wrapper of the Halls I used to soothe my sore throat. The words were appropriate given that I was scolded at work today for mistakes that were made over the weekend, some of which were not my fault. I learned today how I’m held accountable for anything my co-workers do wrong because I’m expected to be the leader. I’m going to need some more Halls wrappers to get through this….