As I look back to 2021, I’m thankful that loved ones are safe and healthy. Though we did not get to fly at all this year, we had the opportunity to explore the places near us and rekindled our appreciation for our Filipino heritage and culture.
I also got to discover the Filipino artists, and my love for art had been reignited again this year. I am thankful for having the opportunity to meet some artists, and being able to hang beautiful pieces in our home. These paintings perk me up each day, and provide me the inspiration at work (from home).
I am thankful for work at home. I have gotten quite used to waking up to the sounds of birds getting ready to go about their day (they make it a habit to roost and chatter on my window sill at dawn). I always look forward to going down to the kitchen to the smell of brewed coffee by D, and Nacho greeting me lazily at the foot of the steps. In the middle of the day, nothing beats stepping out of our “office” to enjoy a homecooked lunch. Thankful for time to stretch in between meetings, when we get to do chores like hanging clothes at the yard to dry, or harvesting and folding them. On days when I’m off work early, I’m thankful for the chance to walk around the neighborhood and look up to the splash of colors of the sunset. It never ceases to amaze me when I watch birds would call each other to fly home at dusk.
I am grateful for the gift of family and friends, and that the situation is getting better such that we can now meet more often. Lastly, in the last few years D and I had our own close call, health wise, and I am grateful for the second chance to life, and for a chance to give back.
Looking forward to 2022, and hopefully I can get to post more of my domestic travels next year.
I wish you and your loved ones happiness, good health and peace!