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Life Lately | Summer 2021: Stormy Noons, Nerve-Wracking, and Marvin Gaye

Hello lovelies!  ðŸŒ¸ Welcome to my personal narrative series entitled 𝓛𝓲𝓯𝓮 𝓛𝓪𝓽𝓮𝓵𝔂. You will get to know me better about my real-life whereabouts and inspirations in my own nutshell and adventures. Last time, I’ve written about things I am in for Spring 2021. Reading it made me reflect and be also aware of what season of life I am in. With that, it brought awareness on what is essential for me at the moment and more I can do, when still my country is under what they call granular lockdown.

What happened to Summer 2021 ☀️? Sunshine is a reality for most western countries and down under the continent. As I am in the tropics and near the equator, we are experiencing storms and more rainfall – June, July, and August. Due to climate change, it even extends to the -ber months.

Stormy Noons, Showering Inside

The rainy season is one cozy experience as I stay home. It may be a bit weird for others (or a common thing) but the sound of raindrops is therapeutic. The best thing on a rainy day is sipping a hot brewed coffee while looking at the rain falling. This is an ideal scenario of life being homebound because of this cool breeze.

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Problems come in when thunder is starting to roll and bang in the noontime. Heavy rainfall is not a good idea at all because it welcomes an inside shower in the living room, kitchen area, and bedrooms. It only reveals the secret of our house: it screams for roof repair!

Nerve-Wracking Online Engagements

Online engagements comes usually with exchanging emails, updating a task application for your team, google meets, webinars, and synchronous presentations. The latter of them all brought a nerve-wracking event in my life lately. As a writer, it’s been two years already I am not having this everyday public speaking activity. Haha!

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With that, having myself speak again to present felt less of myself than before – on how I was confident back then. The situation here is more intimidating because of being in front of an A-team of intellectual critique/mentors. The feeling was like your liver was taken out of your body and being brought back after. Instead of butterflies, there were caterpillars in my stomach. The fact that I am finished already with that stage brought slight comfort – just slight for now.

At the moment, I am working on myself in this particular area.

Asking God to bless me with wisdom, courage, and diligence to do so. Onegaishimasu!

Related Link: Poetry | Mr. Light Bulb

A dopamine boost from Marvin Gaye

Despite the storm and caterpillars, something brighter than sunshine came into my life lately – yes, he brought summer. To shake me up from these caterpillars, I indulge myself in listening to Michael Buble’s songs that led me to discover deeper who Mr. Lightbulb is as an artist, music producer, and a person. (If you follow me on Twitter, you will easily understand the reference.) Also, it brought me to a singing platform/app for our duet – a newfound hobby.

I promise myself not to get involved in any fandom or fangirling activities because it does not suit my age anymore. Seriously, I cringe looking back at my fangirling photos 10 years ago. But in fairness, the approach of admiring an artist for me now has matured a lot, is it? haha! I am just grateful for the music he does and his existence because it acts as a comforting best friend for me at the moment. Distance-wise, we have this huge gap but some invisible energy just pulls us closer together. Hope to meet you one day my fellow 1991 baby! Thanks for the dopamine boost!


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  1. Abigail says:

    “It only reveals the secret of our house: it screams for roof repair!”

    I love this line! 🤣

    1. Hahaha, oh well. Who does not need roof repair at times? 🤫

  2. This is a very good post. I like your writing style. I hope you are feeling better now. Pls take care.

    1. Hello there Fadima!💖 Thanks for appreciating my writing style.

  3. Love this! I actually really enjoy hearing raindrops too, haha – something about it is just really soothing! Thanks for sharing x

    1. Hahaha! Finally, there is now my mutual. 💖 So true right!

  4. There are some pretty impressive storms here too, but probably not like the ones you experience. I find the ones at night quite calming — unless there is that one massive clap of thunder than startles everyone awake, haha!

    1. Hello Molly! hahaha. Thunders are indeed scary esp. at night. haha. so true.

  5. I love your writing & enjoyed reading the post.

    We get a lot of rainy days in the UK, even in summer months. I can totally relate to listening to therapeutic rain sounds with a hot coffee.

    1. Thank you so much for enjoying my post! 😀
      Raindrops are really therapeutic. <3

  6. I love the rain because it makes me feel so cosy inside! Lovely to catch up with you x

    1. Thanks, Caroline x Yup, the rainy season is cozy.

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  8. You are correct; the nicest thing to do on a rainy day is to enjoy a hot cup of coffee while watching the rain fall. Because of the chilly air, this is a great condition for being confined to one’s house.

    1. Yes, so true. 🙂

    2. Thanks Life Simile. 🙂 True, coffee tasted best when raining.

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