The last few months have been difficult. I have been in & out of Emergency rooms. It took a mental toll on me. I am better now and on a road to recovery. What I didn’t realize was there will no magic pill, the one that would just make all the problems go away. I had to learn to be patient. I had to learn to not give up. And I had to learn that recovery is a long journey with its own ups and downs.
Along with my physical health and I have to recover my mental health. Take a break and just enjoy life. That is what my recent trip to Seattle was. I took a leap of faith and went on a trip with a dear friend and 3 strangers. It was difficult to believe that I will not end up an ER and actually have a good time. With little help from my loved ones, I went on.
Seattle is a beautiful city. As I waited for others to arrive, I went to explore the city on my own. My first stop was the Chuhuly gardens & glass museum. It has a display of art pieces made out of glass. They are stunning and breath-taking. While I am not an art connoisseur, I did enjoy observing each piece. The bright colors and how each piece was molded. If you are ever in Seattle, I would highly recommend this place.
Next I went on to explore different part of the city, but what I enjoyed most was stopping at Starbucks reserve. Enjoying some hot chocolate and a book to read. Just sitting there and not worrying about all the work I had to do but enjoy the moment. It was peaceful to not run around the city trying to finish a checklist but simply take a break. And for all the coffee-lovers, I would say stop by the Starbucks reserve and enjoy some unique flavored coffee.
Once rest of the party was here, we drove to our hotel. It was great to meet up with new people and hear their stories. Throughout the trip I got to learn about their experience of moving to USA from home and about their love stories, which blended beautifully with the scenery in Washington State.
Our next stop was the North Cascade National Park. The best part being the Diablo lake, a beautiful sight. The pristine blue color and high winds reminded me of cheesy Bollywood love songs. With the whole music and flowing sarees, Diablo lake would be the perfect backdrop.
As we looked at the maps and debate our next move, I overheard a conversation about glaciers. Having moved to San Diego from Maryland, I loved the idea of seeing snow. So we choose to hike the Cascade Trails. One can see the snow right from the parking lot. I just love looking at snow. We soon began our hike. This was the part I was scared about. Having been sick for months, I lost lot of muscle and knew I am not going to be able to hike the same as before. I wanted to give it a shot cause that is the only way you move forward. Sure I was slow and would tire easy but with each step I was regaining my lost confidence. At each mile marker, I felt happier as if I have won a point against the sickness.
On a clear day, the top of the hike would lead to stunning views of the glaciers. But it was just not our day. The weather was cloudy and the view was obstructed by clouds. While we didn’t get to see everything we hoped for, we still caught glimpses of snow. And if you ask me I choose hiking on a cloudy day than a sunny one. Also, we saw a beautiful small waterfall which made it worth while.
The next days were spent in Olympic National Park and I will save those stories for another day. What I would like to talk about is coming back to Seattle. Since my friends had already explored most of the cities on their previous trip. I suggested going to the Bainbridge Island. In my opinion, this was the best part of the trip.
We caught a ferry from downtown. And were soon rewarded with the front row view of the Seattle skyline. While many recommend Kerry Park for the view, I would recommend the ferry. It is impressive both day and night. Once we reached the island, we decided to get a bike. In the bike shop, we were welcomed by an elder man. What happened next was a deep and interesting conversation with a man who use to organize backpacking trips across north India. Sometimes the best part of a trip are quiet times and deep conversations with random people.
Anyway since it started raining, we had to modify our plans. Instead we choose to go window shopping. The island had some of the best shops with unique items that you don’t just get on amazon. Just walking around care-free and enjoying each others company was what gave me a much needed mental break. We ended up buying some exquisite earrings from Turkey. Our day ended with pizza and four scoops of ice-cream. And as we took the ferry back to Seattle, we enjoyed the dazzling skyline in night mode.
The reason I write this post today is to remind that recovery is a journey. Be if from health issues, financial issues, heart breaks or just about any problem, there are two things to sort. One the issue itself and the other mental health. Recovery of both is important. And while it won’t happen over night, it will happen. Take it one day at a time. Do things you enjoy – reading a book at starbucks, spending time with family or friends, solving a 100 piece puzzle, hiking a mountain or four scoops of ice-cream at an island. Find your thing and just do it. Give yourself a break and believe it will all be okay.
Lots of love,