If we were having coffee, I would tell you, if we were to have coffee last weekend – you would probably be disappointed in me, I would not have shown up. Curled up or strewn, I would be passively lying in bed or on the floor. But about previous weeks I would put aside at that, and I would only tell you about the week that just went by; about how uplifting it feels to be able to sit at your desk for longer, to have some mental block removed, to be able to translate your thoughts and mental images to pencil sketches, to be able to finish drawing frames with far more clarity than one had in months or a year probably.
And I would ask you how do you like your coffee? If you had come over, nonetheless I would make you Indian filter coffee, and show you how Indians traditionally drank coffee. But were we to go out, I would order an espresso or maybe an iced latté depending on my mood. (And I would secretly wonder about your tastes if you ordered a cappuccino!)
Also I would ask what book are you currently reading? And then I would tell you about this book I recently finished reading called ‘Furiously Happy’ by Jenny Lawson ‘The Bloggess’. I would not have personally bought the book myself, because I didn’t even know about it. Thanks to Bavitha, one of my friend’s cousin who sent me this for Christmas, I found just the book I needed to read – one in which I found I wasn’t alone in my struggle, one in which I found someone who was facing same set of problems like me (besides many which could be hers alone, I’m sure, or shared by other human specimens I don’t know of!). And it was relieving. I remember one of my teachers telling me last year that my problem is I don’t read humour. And he was right. He said,
And I would tell you what a sweet pleasure is night time reading, just after you have retired to bed and right before you call it a day. It feels like a reward unlike when one takes temporary refuge in them to escape from one’s situation – one’s own insufficiency to make life better. By the way, I am currently reading The Girl at the Lion D’Or by Sebastian Faulks, and it’s quite an interesting read. And I would have our coffees refilled and I would tell you to brace yourself because I am going to talk about something very serious now.
And though it might not make sense to you, yet I would tell you how good it feels to know that couple months you spent working on your bones seems to be paying off because you could climb that height with greater ease, without feeling any jerk in your knee joints. Drinking Women’s Horlicks twice daily and adding another dietary supplement which provides Collagen (Type II), Glucosamine and Chondroitin besides many other nutrients, which again I take twice a day, has really helped me get over chronic morning stiffness. And I tell you morning stiffness can really interfere with your daily activities and curbs you from having a good start to a day. (And regarding Horlicks, oh, the Caramel flavour is yum unlike the Classic Malt which I could never gulp down!). And how could I forget Calcium when talking of bone health. Yes, Calcium twice daily as well. Also, weekly 60K IU of cholecalciferol Vitamin D3 for better absorption of Calcium. Ladies, though I might sound old and preachy, but I know the gravity of the issue so will risk elaborating nevertheless. Owing to our dietary preferences ( vegetarianism, and consuming pasteurized but non fortified milk) and lifestyles that confines us to do longer hours of sitting in a space without exposure to sunlight, has put us (specially women) at the risk of low bone mineral density which speeds up wear and tear, and leads to Osteoarthritis.
A lot of seemingly healthy young women are having Vitamin D deficiency which they are not even aware of, and it is taking a serious toll on their overall wellness. There is also some consensus growing among doctors across the world to screen women above 20 (yes, you read that right, 20 not 30!) for the same. So, if you can’t recall getting your blood tested for Vitamin D level recently, I suggest you do that at the soonest. You might just find what’s holding you back from being that energetic you and being X times more productive. Also, Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with depression. Read here.
Okay, I would stop at this and tell you, “It’s time I hit the bar!”