This friend of mine, more like a colleague. We don’t hang out as much together but tend to meet quite often due to common friends and office events. So, all of the staff decided to go watch a show one day. Before the show started, somehow quite a few of our friends had left and so the two of us were waiting along with a few other friends. Then she said she needed to go to the restroom, so the other girls also decided to accompany her and I tagged along too. Turns out, she had to take her insulin shot. She’d had diabetes since she was a baby. And very casually, she just injected herself, and I couldn’t watch it ( like 5 year old ). She had to be casual of course . She has to do this everyday, so I guess she can’t really be making a big deal out of it. She lives a good life. But it just makes me wonder how it must’ve been growing up. The challenges faced and to honestly needing something else to survive. maybe it is akin to an asthmatic patient with an inhaler, or perhaps even the way I need my glasses. But it just makes you so grateful to not have had this to cope with; one less thing to worry about. I mean, I haven’t outrightly asked her, and I don’t quite know but growing up she must have had to be extra cautious about what she ate etc. and to exercise. I don’t know if there were things she couldn’t do because of this or if it impacted her emotionally and mentally, apart from the physical aspect. Maybe I’ll talk to her more, get to know her. Just makes you wonder how you lucked out and the other person didn’t. I wish her good health obviously , and I think I could learn a thing or two from her spirit.
I’ve been through something similar, since my childhood. It is hard. Super hard.
Its Its really inspiring and hard. We need to be grateful for the things that we have
Simran Patel @simranpatel
We all need to learn to be grateful for what we have and to learn from people like your friend. It’s quite inspiring.