Hello you all!
I finally picked up my laptop after 13 days and it’s SO DIFFICULT to get anything done. This tab is open for an hour but I just cannot stop procrastinating and looking for nice resorts online for the pleasure of it.
Let’s jump right in. We’ll talk about:
Explaining the title of this email
The surprising results of my ebook (+ a tiny-miny hint)
Something I encourage you to do right away
Darn, I missed writing.
Why the Weird Title to This Email?
Because in the last few days I’ve come to realise it’s a blessing to do tiny things that I took for granted, and walking till the washroom is one of them.
After my surgery, my knees were bandaged and didn’t move. My legs needed to be lifted by somebody else because they felt like 100 kilos each. It was painful to sleep because lying down on my back for so long gave me a painful backache.
So how do you do your personal business? Either on the bed with a ‘bedpan’, or you cannot. I know these details are personal and low key disgusting but hang in there. I spent over 48 hours like this, not counting the day of surgery. It was bloody sick. It felt sick. It was painful because my lower body had after-effects of anaesthesia and I lost mind and muscle connection.
On Wednesday, the day of my discharge, I finally learnt how to use a walker and walk few steps. It was so bloody painful like my legs will dismantle and fall off. Adding to that, the hospital also gave me a laxative that fucking gave me diarrhoea.
A long process to get yourself together, sit, stand, and walk + diarrhoea is not a good combination!
Right now, I’m so utterly grateful that I can walk (with a walker still) until the loo or the fridge outside. It’s a huge blessing. The helplessness of constantly asking people to get you food and water isn’t the luxury I expected it’ll be, it’s annoying. Not to mention the backache, because I can’t get out of bed for another few weeks.
All this gave my mental health a downward spiral. I could feel myself getting all negative and thinking it’s only day 3, how will I manage 90 days?
I’m usually the person you hear in my writing, optimistic af because why not! This felt like a side of me I did not yet know, and I hit up my friend who’s a clinical psychologist.
The solution: compassion.
My body had gone through trauma, muscles had been cut, bones were drilled (I saw my surgery on-screen btw), and I was giving myself shit because I’m immobile? I started a rehab meditation course on Headspace and am now in a better headspace. The worst is over, and now each day is getting better.
My Ebook Results Are Surprising!
Okay, I expected like 10-20 downloads at the most. 30 if I got lucky, and 50 was a dream.
In the first week itself, 305 people downloaded it. And now on week two, we’re at:
It feels unreal, to say the least!
I’m so grateful that 375 people found this worth their time with no hard sell. I haven’t told anybody to download it or preached about it. In simple words, I haven’t ‘marketed’ about it.
Whether it’s being a part of this newsletter, reading my content, or downloading the ebook, I say it often that I appreciate your time and it means the world to me that you’re choosing to devote a fraction of it to my writing.
Also a little hint, there are more products you can expect to launch in the coming months. They’ll be around:
You guys will always be the first ones to know!
How Can You Be Healthier and Happier Today?
Isn’t that why you signed up for this newsletter?
I’m not saying this newsletter or any of my articles or tweets will upgrade your life from level 3 to level 10. But maybe from level 3 to level 5 or 7, and that’s growth too, right?
I’m only 10 days into my bed rest and have a few more weeks to go. I’m 3 months and 20 days away from working out, all this mentally (and physically) has a huge impact on me. But it’s getting more positive day by day.
If there’s just one thing I want you to take away from this newsletter, it’s to be kind and compassionate towards your body.
It’s simple but not easy.
It works round the clock for you, millions of cells at this very moment are fighting to keep you alive. Yet you worry about a little tummy or crave big biceps to come overnight. No, that just won’t happen.
Nourish it, feed it, but most importantly, respect it each day.
You only realise the value of it when you can’t do it, and even a day is enough to teach you that. For me, it took something as small as being unable to walk 5 steps to realise what a blessing it is to be able to walk a few steps.
Your entire existence is a blessing, dear reader.
Until Next Time
I’m finding it a little difficult to get back to work when in bed because it’s just an uncomfortable posture, I’d much rather prefer my table. But hey, just little inconveniences.
I’m getting back slowly but surely.
I published an article on Medium after really long, it’s called Here’s Why You Should Stop Trying to Make Your Friends’ Lives Better. The editor left a note stating”
I don't know if we see a different side of you (or you have good pain meds), but this is too good not to go live. Best!
Also, I started reading The Obstacle is The Way by Ryan Holiday and while I’m only through two chapters, I feel so much calmer and content. The book is about the ancient art of turning adversity to advantage and is written in simple language. I’m really excited to learn more from this book.
Until then, I will see you next week. If you have downloaded my ebook, you’re automatically subscribed to my mailing list and should hear from me soon. I’m thinking I’ll email once in 15 days around side hustles, freelancing, money, etc. Let’s see :))
Also, if you’ve read it till here - I love you!
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