“Sometimes it’s easier to hit the road
When the world is givin’ you a heavy load
But if you stay and face it, I know…
Tomorrow is gonna be better.” – Joshua Radin
So, if you cannot tell by the quoted lyrics, it has been one of those weeks. I will spare you many of the details, but the week has been interesting to say the least.
Last Sunday, I spent the evening dog watching at my sister’s. Which was fine, her dog is so well behaved, and I had access to AC, DVR and internet, and an awesome shower. It proved to be an inspiring environment for me to take chances. (Possibly more on that at a later date). And then Monday kicked off the work week with a very awkward and uncomfortable work meeting, followed by interesting work conversations throughout the week, to a highlight of a possibility to explore a new opportunity, to tough conversations and realizations, to BAM! A car crash, completely my fault. Damn green lights, crazy busy traffic due to location and road construction. Traffic stopped suddenly during a split second distraction. And well I did not. Thankfully, I was on my way to meet a friend for sushi gluttony, so I could easily feed my feelings right after it happened.
But rather than focus on the negatives — that crash seems to have provoked all the emotions I had been feeling all week — I will write a post of thankfulness. My friend, Jak over at The Cryton Chronicles, participates in a “10 Things of Thankful” blog hop every week. I figured, this week was a good week to force me to think of the same.
- I am thankful that the crash wasn’t more serious. Another fender bender, this time, my car wasn’t as lucky. A cracked bumper, but hey, isn’t a bumper meant to bump? I am thankful my bumper took the majority of the damage. Other car’s bumper was also dented, so we will see what comes of it in the next few days, I suppose.
- That I already see an awesome chiropractor, and that she had an opening for tomorrow morning. Again, no real damage, just a bit of a stiff neck. Nothing an adjustment or two can’t fix. Could have been far worse.
- My friends, particularly those who were comforting after hearing about my week and all of the events.
- My dad. He knows I worry and get worked up over things, so when I told him what happened, he chuckles and just says, “You gotta stop doing that.” (Referencing that I did a very similar thing last fall. How does one person go 11+ years with a spotless driving record and then two in a year? Not my year, I guess.) He is one of the best at calming my nerves.
- My own ability to write about and sell myself well. And the luxury to be able to do so in a leisurely manner.
- My work for allowing me to take on professional development opportunities and training me in areas that I know nothing about. In the coming month, my work is paying for me to learn all about our website platform at DrupalCon and then learning how to shoot and edit videos. Great skill sets to have!
- The opportunity to go see a play this week for free! I interviewed one of my work’s clients this week for a success story, and the director offered me two free tickets to the current show since I hadn’t yet been to one of their productions. So on Wednesday night, a friend and I get to go see Urinetown. It looks like a funny musical!
- That I was able to pass on my registration for the Color Run 5K to someone who was actually interested in participating. It just wasn’t in my cards this time around, but thankfully someone else wanted to run in my place, and my registration wasn’t wasted.
- A customer service representative and billing agent who took the time to listen to my problem and try their best to help fix it. After a long struggle over a medical bill discrepancy, I finally was able to get to the bottom of it, and the health insurance representative went above and beyond to help me understand. She also apologized for those who never explained things to me in the past. The billing agent was the first person from this clinic’s billing office who didn’t talk down to me when explaining their policies and procedures. She even decided to knock some money off my bill, probably because she could empathize what a hassle this has been for me.
- Good food! This week I have been fortunate to indulge in great food. I cooked my first ever rack of lamb this week with roasted veggies! It was delicious! And then I had a work meeting at a Thai restaurant. I had sushi Friday night and then last night my roommate hosted a Turkish dinner party. And as it often is the case, most of my good food was accompanied with great company. I am thankful I am able to afford such a luxury!