2014 one of the most challenging years to date. It’s not over yet, but it’s only now I can reflect on it on a daily basis. It was hard to see such a strong man broken it really changed me, knocked me down. He’d never let the family see this side of him before, and seeing him laying there on the bed helpless and heading in for a 12+ hour surgery with a heart condition too. That scared and worried me beyond belief but I had to put on that brave face as I kept reminding myself the worst is yet to come. I felt like I had to keep it together for the whole family.
But visiting my home town this week and seeing how well dad is doing, I can’t help but soak up his bright and lively attitude towards life. This has given me the reality check I needed to put everything into perspective. Any other issues I have are a mere blip compared to what he’s had to experience. To witness his drive and motivation to rebuild his strength, and live a healthier life has really enriched my positivity bank. Then there’s the softer side of you which you have let us into, this is hands down the best thing that has happened this year! It has really brought our family closer.
Life doesn’t seem fair at times, and bottom line is it’s really the attitude you choose to take to pull through it that counts. There is always something positive to take out of any experience. Embrace and find the light in the situation, or ignore and it will eventually fester over and consume you.
Happy Fathers Day Dad i’m so happy that you are moving forward, you have lit the way for me to get back to being the joyful girl full of laughter once again.
I would like to start this post by thanking a certain friend who I appreciate so much for just getting me out of the house for a catch up and a drink. This is exactly what I needed to remind myself there are positive vibes out there no matter the situation. Parts of my life which are not ideal right now shouldn’t be casting darkness over invaluable things such as nurturing the friendships that count, and the progress made on that self-improvement/self-awareness bandwagon.
So she took me to Cloudland, it’s not Cloud 9 but it comes pretty close on Salsa night Thursdays. The décor looks luxuriously sophisticated. There are private booths surrounded by overhanging plants; there’s a waterfall, and if you look closely butterflies are encased in some of the furnishings. The crowd polishes up well too, and an extra bonus are the $10 mojito’s and margaritas!
Now back to the crowd, the suited up crowd to be exact and even on the weekends it’d be rare to find the jeans/tshirt attire in there which is what I love about it. So much that it is starting to be my regular Thursday spot. I like to use this time as a mid-week catch up with the girlfriends over a few drinks, then we mingle into the d- floor while the white trouser and matching hat man demonstrates the basic salsa moves on stage for about half an hour before moving onto more tricky moves. For the most part it’s pretty fun I get lost in the moment and feel like I’m in a dance group or something HEEEY! Hands down one of the best ways to unwind midweek….until someone stands on your foot with their stiletto heel! OMG so painful I’m still feeling it 2 or 3 weeks later! But who am I to complain when I too am guilty of doing this.