20 / 52: On Gratitude

Plans change. Life happens. I’m still in London. Just a few more nights though. When I first found out I would have to stay a bit longer my instinct was to be disappointed. But, when I took some time to reflect I decided that I’d rather be grateful for the opportunity and make the best of it.

But let’s start at the beginning: the reason I’m spending so much time up in the City at the moment is that my Dad is in Hospital in Germany. He has battled with cancer for a few months now and has finally had surgery two weeks ago. Now, I am happy to report that he is doing much better. Fingers crossed it will stay that way for a very long time.

While I am up here I am taking care of their home, watching our family dog Kutja, and am working in the London office of the company I work for. My days are long and filled with chores but I am grateful for the strong family bond we all have. The fact that we can support each other, be there for one another other and stick together when life throws us a curve ball.

When my father first got diagnosed I had to constantly remind him to be a little bit more selfish. Whenever I was ill as a child he would take me to the doctor’s and take care of me 24 hours a day. But when his cancer was first discovered he told me that he felt like he was a burden. Of course he wasn’t. We all had to adapt our lives a bit to deal with this new situation but there are so many good things that are much more important than a stupid cancer.

This is not supposed to be a depressing post but a happy one. A reminder to be grateful for family bonds, to accept changes and curve balls in life, to work through them together and to always, always, always remain positive. Wherever you are and whatever you are up to I hope you are having a great time and are enjoying life!

And now for some fun stuff!

Impact Force of Falling Climbers Illustrated

Falling objects are heavy. But just how heavy is a falling climber? Well, don’t try to catch one! Spotting is called spotting for a reason – not to catch someone’s weight but help a boulderer or climber land more safely.

See the illustrations

The Muji Micro Home

I love Muji! Especially their soft paper, simple clothes, and minimalistic style. They’ve recently launched a micro home project too which I found very interesting. You can read more about that here!

Tour the house

Penang Char Kway Teow

Adam has recently inspired me to try some more Asian foods. One of my favourites has been Penang Char Kway Teow which I’ve absolutely loved for its subtle spice level and simple ingredients. I can’t wait to try making it myself. I’ve also rediscovered summer rolls and just today bought a pack of rice paper to make these at home. If you have any other recommendations do leave them in the comments below! The easier the better.

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Author: Anna

Anna ("Bee") is a globetrotting, outdoor-loving German expat who prefers tea over coffee and sleeping in a tent over bivvying. She is rarely seen without her camera and something Gore-Tex in her pack.

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  • Good to hear you are feeling more positive but so sorry to hear your Dad has been unwell. My Mum is currently battling the big C herself so I can relate to all the horrible that comes with that. Hope he is being well looked after in Germany 🙂 and that you have a good week!

    • Ooh no I’m sorry to hear that! I hope your Mum is doing alright? The big C is such a pain. From the diagnosis to finding a doctor you trust over delays, difficulties etc. It’s just not easy. Hope you’ve had a great start to your week and a fun long weekend coming up! 🙂