August: Month in Review | #SoulfulSunday

August.

One of the most challenging months this year. Incidentally, one of the most exciting ones too!

It was a mix of many things—travel and fun, meetups and goodbyes, challenges and health issues, excruciating pain, extended periods of agony and subsequent relief but mostly, some hard-earned wisdom and learning from whatever one endured—it was beyond what I’d have ever anticipated or expected.

Undoubtedly, one of our best moments was seeing our teen join college with a full scholarship, at a new age university, nestled between the verdant hills of the Sahyadris, on the outskirts of Pune. While we were delighted for him, it was also heartbreaking for us to say our goodbyes when the time came (I struggled more as a mom, obviously!) but we knew he was in the right place, having enrolled for the kind of programme that he had always been interested in. He settled in fast and within a couple of days, had already made new friends.

Since we were going to be staying in Pune for a couple of days, we took the opportunity to meet some of our friends there, especially since we were visiting the city after a long time. It was wonderful catching up and we all had a great time. I also connected with a blogger friend of mine, Tulika—whose amazing writing, I have always been a huge admirer of. It was nothing short of amazing, meeting each other face to face and chatting about our writing life, our motherhood journeys and everything in between, over coffee! I recall tons of parenting notes being exchanged and wonder how time flew by just like that!!

The night we returned to Bangalore, I fell sick. Fever, migraine and the works!

Initially I was diagnosed with Dengue. What followed later, were two weeks of excruciating pain, that had almost wrung the life out of me!! Unfortunately, or rather, fortunately, as it turned out to be, traditional allopathy medicines failed to bring any relief. Thanks to a friend of the husband, help came in the form of an acupuncture treatment that eventually gave me a second lease of life—something that I shall be truly and eternally grateful for! My doctor worked out a treatment plan and we started on it almost immediately. The intensity of my pain came down in a matter of days and I couldn’t have been more grateful to see myself ease back into normalcy again.

For someone who has always been a firm believer of holistic healing, this healing experience only strengthened my belief that natural alternatives are the best way forward if we are aiming to treat the root cause of our ailments. The pill-popping approach and the over-dependence on drugs only suppresses the symptoms temporarily but the actual cause of the illness always remains.

When I look back, I think this episode came as a reminder, for me to make self-care a priority —and never ever relegate it to the bottom of other essential things. It’s not as easy as it sounds, when you have others to take care of, especially the elderly moms who have their own sets of never-ending health issues and challenges from time to time.

Suffice to say that lessons were learnt, and learnt the hard way!

As September arrived, I finally found that I was slowly gaining some strength to resume my morning routine, even if it meant taking baby steps everyday. Now, back to journaling, a short morning walk and my daily meditation, my focus is essentially on healing myself and not rush into anything. Not even for the things that I usually love to do. Rest is a must. I’m breathing deeply. Living on the slow lane. And being grateful for coming out at the other end, free from pain.

I think I shall ease back into my writing schedule once I feel I’m ready. Right now, seeking the sliver of hope everywhere, through the setbacks that continue to be a part of life. Banking on the many positives is keeping me going, even though things are still chaotic in some ways,

Every time the challenges come, I keep reminding myself —this too shall pass.

And through all this, my phone gallery continues to bring me the highlights from August (see pic). It’s been a difficult month no doubt, but all I can say is, I’m glad it’s behind us and we’ve all stepped into a new one, full of hope and possibilities. Praying that September goes easy on everyone!

How was August for you? What were the highlights of the month? Would love to know more so do please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Sending loads of positive vibes and strength to everyone, especially if you’re also going through challenging times. Hang in there and stay hopeful.

Love and sunshine to you all,

See you soon.

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Written as part of our #SoulfulSunday free writing exercise, along with my friends Vinitha and Shilpa.

7 thoughts

  1. Thank you so much, Nate for the prayers and the kind words!
    It’s so wonderful to know that you had a deep reflective month in August that’s helping you on the journey to your growth. May this continue through September and bring you all that you wish for, in life! ]May life treat you kind and may the learning continue always in the best and most fulfilling of ways!!
    Take care, Nate. 🙂

  2. ‘All’s well that ends well’ is how the month of August has been for you. It is good news that you are feeling much better now and are slowly getting back to your morning routine. I am in agreement with you about rest being utmost important. We must listen to our mind, body and spirit whenever it prods us to take rest. Resting leads to healing.
    July and August were difficult for me. I hope September turns out to bring good changes in our lives.

    1. Thank you, Anamika! So sorry to know that July and August were tough on you. Hope September brings you relief and positive vibes come your way through rest, nourishment and creative pursuits.
      I’m focusing on the healing right now and even though, it remains a challenge, I have become stubborn enough to make self-care the #1 priority now onwards.
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and the kind words, Anamika!
      Take care!

  3. It’s good that you found acupuncture and that it is working for you, Esha. Sometimes life takes us on a difficult path and show us the different sides that we were not aware of before. Healing happens when we accept life as it is. Bandaids are temporary. I hope to read your positivity filled healing story one day soon, Esha. Meanwhile, as you said, rest as much as possible. You are your priority. Take good care of yourself. ♥️

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Vinitha! Yes, resting up is mandatory when we are healing and I’m doing that with full zest and enthusiasm now. You’re right about the bandaid approach—it doesn’t help us. Will definitely share my full story on healing soon and the treatments I went through. Reminders about prioritising ourselves are always needed for us moms. I hope my story will remind the others what not to do. Thanks for stopping by here Vinitha.
      Wishing you a productive and energetic rest of the week as you juggle with your commitments! 🙂

  4. Esha, I will pray for your continued healing. It is good that you are now on the mend. August was different for me as well. No major setbacks to share but it has been a month of deep reflection. Remembering my past wrong doings and the aftermath but also embracing the growth that I have experienced over the last six months. I am a better man because the massive changes taking place. Be well and take good care of you and your loved ones.

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