The past decade has been rough and more challenging with the arrival of Covid-19. Although I am fully vaccinated, I caught covid twice and both times weren’t what people say, mild to no symptoms, head cold, or feeling exhausted. I lost muscle control, had chills at the same time sweating with a fever. Lost my taste and smell till today which is 6 months after. I’m not complaining as there are always those who have it worse than I do, how those who lost their homes and everything in Boulder and Louisville Colorado. Years of mistakes, depression, gains, and losses have taught me a lot of life lessons that really starts off our day with simple tasks as a Navy Captain talked about in his wonderful speech. I admire him and began to follow his routine of starting off my morning with making my best and prayers that my mom taught me as a child. Those who do this may have started as a child like I did because my mother was like my training instructor. I didn’t like it at the time but as I grew older, I understood why she was that way with me. She was preparing me for my future. Although I was very young (4 years old) to be learning all these skills, it definitely paid off before, during and after my military service years.
Over the years especially during my deployments, I adopted some positive habits and lifestyle changes to help me along my military career. I learned of and found that meditating, breathing exercises, and mindfulness helped me get through my deployment to Afghanistan. There was no way around the incoming rockets, running over unknown improvised explosive devices, or troops in contact while out on convoy runs. After being ambushed, clearing out a casualty, our gunner shot by a rocket propelled grenade, and placing his headless body into a body bag, there was a lot for us to process. But there wasn’t time for us to do so because we were already setting up for our next convoy, battlefield circulation or supply run. However, we did manage our time to make it happen. We prayed together, mediated in our so-called safe space whether it was under our beds, in our closets, or anywhere the safest place in our bhut was considered to be safe. To stay sane, I also came up with a workout plan along with spacing out my meals to help my metabolism. Although we had full and tight schedules, I made a point to block time out for my 30 min or 1.5 miles of walking a day. We still had to cover our shifts and me ready to engage if duty calls for it. I started eating smaller portion meals every 3 hours or 6 meals a day which helped my energy level and slimming my body down which helped my uniform fit a little looser but still good enough that I became flexible when getting geared up. Another daily routing and ritual I stared was surrounding myself with healing crystals. I didn’t want to be prescribed meds to help my mental health and well-being, so my sister sent me crystals to help with my health issues. I was never a big fan of crystals but since my sister sent me a bunch, it sure made a positive impact on me. My psychiatrist was able wean me off the most important medication for depression in this last month of December. It was rough, but I feel so much better with a lot more energy. I’ve been out to the malls, taking road trips and all those fun stuffs that I haven’t done in over 10 years since my deployment. So now, I have crystals in my home, with each serving its specific healing property and I am loving it.
Now that I am both mentally and physically better, I do have several new year’s resolutions that I want to share with you all. First is when I get up, say my prayers, and thank God for another day of life. Next is make my bed and make sure my kids make theirs too, this will help all of us clear our minds for the day and be ready to take on what is ahead of us. Next is to spend time with my family and kids every day when they are off from school, and I’m done with work for the day. This is also something that I robbed my kids off in the last ten years. I hid in my dark room, had their meals prepared so all they had to do is heat it up in the microwave or eat cold cuts sandwiches. I never took them out or played when them outside of the home. That will definitely change. While doing all our daily rituals, we will still be cautious of our surroundings, staying safe from Covid as much as we can and just live life to the fullest. We as a family will continue to pray before bed. Our prayers will include those who are serving away from their families to attend their duties and defend our country, and to bless them and keep them safe from danger. We will definitely include those who are sacrificing their lives for others; the frontline workers, medical staff, first responders, military, fire fighters, police officers, food service worker, cashiers, stock persons and all who are doing their best to help us live our daily lives as best as we can. We all matter, we all play a role in our daily lives and make a difference in other people’s lives. I ask that we leave the past behind, live in the present and plan for the future. Plans don’t always work out and there are times when curve balls are thrown at us. But it’s okay. When we get knocked down, pick yourself up an keep on stepping. Another year is gone and we’re into a new. Let's start off the New Year with an Abundance of Good Fortune, Protection and Wealth
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