This is Natalie, my 5 month old niece. This baby is living THE LIFE. All she needs is a good night’s sleep, a clean diaper, and a pair of socks. As far as she’s concerned, life is GRAND! Her mom’s breast milk is THE BOMB. Her crib totally rocks. Her stroller lets her cruise the streets in style. She doesn’t have any teeth yet she has the most captivating smile. You can pack her whole life in just one diaper bag and she’d still be the happiest little person in the world.
Looking at this picture has made me reflect on my current life situation. It’s amazing how one cute photo could bring remarkable clarity. I guess God knows I’m such a sucker for babies so he chose to speak to me through this picture. Some people are moved by literary masterpieces like a line from Hemingway or Faulkner, some people come to terms with their issues through a life changing incident, and then there are people like me who experience their epiphanies via CUTE BABY PICTURES! hehehe!
Today marks the 2nd week of my post-surgery recovery. And I feel GREAT. I’m not 100% yet but just looking at where my body is at today, I can honestly say that God answered every little prayer I had on my long list. I can touch my toes, I can lie on my side, I can bathe by myself–all of these things were close to impossible just a week ago. I won’t lie, it hasn’t been easy as Sunday morning traffic. On most days it feels like Monday rush hour traffic–in EDSA. But there’s always something so delightful about waking up and welcoming a brand new day and also something very calming and fulfilling about seeing a full day come to a close. No matter what slump you find yourself in, the promise of the NEW day is more than enough to motivate you to get better. And when you graduate from a long day (be it happy or crappy), it’s also worth giving yourself a pat on the back for getting through it with grace.
Just like Natalie, I just want to be HAPPY just because. Her happiness radiates from within and is completely independent of other people’s judgments, external factors, or societal influence. Babies only worry about poop and milk! They could care less about pimples, waistlines, career plans, failed relationships, finances and deadlines. She’s just happy to be alive and happy to be here! Her happiness knows no boundaries and that’s an attitude I would like to adapt for myself too. I’ve been so blessed beyond words, it’s the only attitude that I’m allowed to have.
Let me leave you with this video that always makes me smile when I’m feeling down. Pat says it reminds him of me because I like doing chants and weird dance moves. Hehehe