The month started with an exhausting business trip that happened right as a knee injury I had a few weeks back had gotten really painful. The combination of not going to the gym for two weeks and traveling in a germ filled airplane, brought me a case of bronchitis that went to full laryngitis after a Friday night gig.
Saturday morning I had to wake up early to finish holiday errand type stuff and by Saturday night, with a throbbing knee, absolutely no voice and basically feeling like I had been run over by a truck, I was asleep by 930pm. I know third graders who stay up later.
The great thing about feeling that bad? It can only go up from there! I woke up Sunday feeling like a human being and today, I almost started to feel like my old self.
The knee brace and anti-inflammatory drugs I got after I finally broke down and went to a doctor last week are really helping. My voice is ALMOST normal and my cough is almost gone.
Which got me thinking about all the things we do all the time that we don’t feel grateful for. Going to Cycle class. Singing. Talking to people and having them be able to hear you. Take the basics off the table and it changes your perspective quite a bit.
So this holiday season, I am adding a new tradition. Some moments of “normal” gratitude. Gratitude for not just the holiday fun, but the holiday stress and craziness. Because for some, the holidays have become too quiet and maybe even lonely. It’s funny to think, but some of the things we think we dread doing today, may someday be the very things we miss doing the most.
So happy holidays? How about wishing someone “normal” holidays?