So writing little and often didn’t quite go to plan… especially when I was writing daily paragraphs on my phone! I think I’ll instead publish my small daily entries on a weekly basis as a sort of roundup to what I am grateful for.
10th – good feedback:
Last week, my responsibilities were increased at work. Both my manager and editor praised me on what I’d produced that day. It’s such a fantastic feeling to know that I’m doing a good job.
11th – NHS:
After becoming unwell the moment I got into work, the HR department (who were kindly looking after me) were forced to call the paramedics. They arrived within minutes and were wonderful. They took care of me, checking all my vitals and keeping me preoccupied to bring me around quicker. It was my first experience of receiving paramedic and ambulance staff care and they were absolutely wonderful. After the medics gave me the all clear, my company kindly paid for a cab home (which was very much appreciated).
12th – Netflix:
Following the previous day’s events, I decided to stay home to let my body fully recover. Whilst recovering in bed, I finished The Vampire Diaries, The OA, watched the Sense8 Christmas Special and watched more Scorpion and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. What would I have done without this top streaming service?!
13th – caring colleagues:
When I returned to work after my dodgey spell, both my team and the HR members that looked after me all showed their true colours. They all expressed their concern and asked how I was feeling, which they didn’t have to but was really nice of them. When I began to flag in the afternoon, a colleague helped me finish off my page as I just couldn’t focus.
14th – a good nights sleep:
Since the mid-week drama, I hadn’t been able to relax enough to get a decent nights sleep. Although the flat upstairs seemed to be having a Bob Marley party, I was still able to get a decent nights sleep, which was heavenly.
15th – adventures:
Exploring London with two of my good friends, we went to the Natural History Museum… in my opinion the greatest museum in the UK. We saw the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, which is always so inspiring.
16th – fresh bedsheets:
To me, there’s nothing better than climbing into bed after putting fresh sheets on following a long day at work.
So today (or for what’s left of it), I will be cheating on my blogging prompt challenge. It’s been a hectic day and since getting home, I’ve felt really under the weather. The colleague who sits next to me at work (and who I annoyingly share a phone with) is disgusting ill with a lingering cold and instead of doing the decent thing by staying home, she decided that it would be a great idea to infect the entire office. I was doing a pretty good job avoiding it… using antibacterial hand gel as often as breathing, consuming a ridiculous amount of pineapple, vitamin c and pine nuts, and just generally staying away from anything she’d touched… Well, that was until my brother got a cold, too. So for the past few nights, I’ve been segregated to my room in a pointless attempt at trying to avoid this virus, but I think it’s finally got me. So brain functionality, at this moment of time, has well and truly hit rock bottom.
Hopefully I’ll be able to resume normal service tomorrow…
#248: The next time you’re in a public place — a coffeehouse, a park, a store — observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives might be like.
Usually, I love a bit of people watching, but having witnessed something terrible this lunch time has really shook me up and I can’t focus on the most recent time I’ve ‘people-watched’ as such. So, as I was heading to Sainsbury’s (a local supermarket) a horrifying scene was catching everyones eye. There was someone lying in the road with a group of people surrounding him. I physically stopped in my tracks in shock. You hear about people being knocked off their bike around London all the time, but I’ve never actually seen anything like this before. I continued on as I didn’t want to be one of those people who stopped and stared to know what was going on, but my first thought, surprisingly, was a prayer. Now I’m not overly religious, but it was something that automatically happened as I desperately wanted him to be ok and pull through. I then noticed that this persons face had been turned away from the public and his entire front was facing scaffolding/billboard type wall, and they were also not talking to him. This made me come to the sickening realisation that quite possibly something terrible had happened. The whole way back to the office, I was wishing that there was something I could have done to help, even if it was just helping the builders divert the traffic. But there was nothing I could do that would actually help this poor individual. I just hope he/she is ok… even if he doesn’t have a family of his own, he still belongs to a family.
Yesterday’s blog post… later than planned!
I am a rock
#247: Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it, or do you prefer to rely only on yourself? Why?
It depends who I’d need/want to ask, as there are obviously people in my life who I feel much closer to and that I feel a lot more comfortable asking for their help. However, when it’s a professional situation, I very much prefer to rely on myself to work it out, which I think is more of an ego thing as I like to prove my capabilities to my colleagues. But if I’ve exhausted all avenues and still can’t work it out, I don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help – it’s the only way to learn!