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Position of Privilege is a Reward Enough?

By Tanvi Rastogi @tanviidotcom
Leheria Saree Shot At City CenterThe pictures in this post were taken last year. “There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things that do fall under the jurisdiction… I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life — whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.” — Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert continues to be one of those authors whose words always resonate with me. Whenever I am struggling to express myself or trying to put a feeling into words, there is always a quote or two from her which says is better than I could ever do. This is how I have been feeling for the past couple of weeks. Ever since the Labor Day weekend, I have been engulfed with a sense of loss. This is usually the exact time of the year when I travel. And now looking back at this whole year, I have done nothing from that 'past life' (aka pre-COVID) - I have not traveled, I have not met friends and family, I have not done outdoor activity that used to bring me joy. A friend tried to reason with me with that, 'haven't you been reading, and baking, and working-out?' ... but the truth is I had always been doing that! Early on in my professional life I had realized that I want to work so that I can lead my life and not live to work. I clearly remember the day I decided to make myself the priority and not any job or work. It was way back in 2005 and I was having a drink with a friend (back when I lived in London). Hence, ever since I have strived for balance in my daily life. I always-always made time for my hobbies and passions. Not monthyl or even weekly, I made time for myself daily. I carved out an hour or two to just do things that bring me pure joy. But during COVID my whole life became about those daily activities, taking away the reward I gave myself for living this disciplined-balance-life: TRAVEL!So the loss I was/am feeling is for that reward I feel I deserve, and have not received this year. But then ... may be surviving, being healthy, and writing this post from a position of privilege is a reward enough?!Photography via Natasha / @_nhphotoz Leheria Saree Shot At City Center Leheria Saree Shot At City Center Leheria Saree Shot At City Center Leheria Saree Shot At City Center Leheria Saree Shot At City CenterLocation - Washington D.C.
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