By nature I am not the most courageous or confident. BUT confidence comes with practise and courage comes with taking the firts step.
In December 2021 I put my hesitation to rest and started to practise yoga. I am grateful that I made this decision as I was able to lower my stress levels, create "me time", develope strenght and learn to breath, just to name a few benefits. I planted sunflowers in the hope of taking photos of them for my mother. I made stars from folded paper and gave them as presents. And I baked a little. I took photos of a lot of flowers and send them to a good friend, who in turn showed these to my mother.
In January I participated in Rally's and made a sign about medical apartheid. I also re-applied for an emergency passport to be able to travel again. Then I found myself supporting my brother and sister as they were attending to my dying mom. Listening to my mothers heart at that stage was the most important. Throughout life she taught me a lot of songs and these songs and hymns ministered back to here in this time of her departure.
In February I helped to organize a funeral and memorial service in my mothers honour using email and Whatsapp (I am so grateful for these platforms). Many photo albums were revisited and I appreciated and absorbed all the condolences and love that was send to me. I also learned to make a mosaic. I started to join a weekly yoga in the Park opposite our house and in some way I was helping the yoga teacher for it to happen.
In March I had to complete the mosaics ( it was my first joined project with my daughter-in- law and I loved spending time with her) We made two birdbaths. Plus a friend of mine encouraged me to finish the watercolour art that I called " incomplete" . So I took up the challenge and even painted some more. I realized that I am running out of watercolour and soon have to make plans to get some more. I also decided to order prints of my paintings and make them into greeting cards and most important : I started this website.
In April I started and finished my firts ever quilt . Although its a mini quilt I was pretty impressed with the end result. I also harvested my first Australian grown tomatoes . I think we had some mini tomatoes but these took more cultivation. I also cycled to Guildfold with my friend. Again I realized that there are many things that I have not seen in my home city. And I figured out how b;ogging workes and started once I was inspired... yeh!
I encourage you to try new things ....you probably do already ....but I find it good to write them down. Often it takes more then one try to develop a love for caring on.