I don’t know if this is relatable to the general population, but for me as a person who struggles with disabled conditions, to experience and live a good day, is one of the rarest but most satisfying feelings in the world. The days included among my happiest was such as the day I sat in a Venetian gondola, the day my study abroad friends celebrated meeting me on my last day in Taiwan, and a day at work where a bunch of little kids helped me plan a surprise party for my co-counselor.
Yesterday was a good day. Even though I still struggled with my condition and the usual limitations, I still got to live and be with friends, and I felt that was one of the most important, gratifying feelings, just to have, and be present.
I woke up at Allison’s, went to Girl’s Group, ate delicious cookies, sandwiches, experienced my first cold brew coffee with french vanilla creamer, got mind-blown, went on a timed, spontaneous yard sale spree with Allison from 3-4pm where she hit the jack pot at another church with a $5 a bag deal! She got a beautiful entire tea set in addition to other glasses and miscellaneous things. I finally did spend on a $3 bracelet that I thought looked very unique, it had 5 burgundy jewels and was elastic, so it was easy to slip on. Satisfying good purchase and deal 8 )
I left her house to drive to Montclair and find Cuban Pete’s for Jon’s birthday. It was a little rough as I didn’t know the area and realized parking was very difficult, but I heard the restaurant was very good. I was the only one to get there at 5pm, another group arrived around 5:15 and the rest arrived closer to 5:40. I found street parking by luck about a block away, found Glendyll and Amy inside the CHAOTIC restaurant. It was so packed there wasn’t even room to comfortably stand… I was told the wait was 2 hours. I went outside and sat on one of their chairs, and Jenn, Abby, Jordan and Nate came to find us. This guy who seemed a little sketch came up and asked one of us to go with him to hook us up with a table, and he got us a table for 15 around 6pm!! We were pretty excited, and the mango and pineapple sangrias and food was pretty great. Afterwards, I was a bit annoyed as the group couldn’t make up their minds on what to do and just wanted to walk around. We took pics outside and then after awhile, I was tired and decided to leave them to it and go find Allison, who was with Jeannie at Steve’s house. Turns out, Sean and Sam were also there, so we just chilled, discussing VBS and talking. Around 10:30pm, I gave up on waiting for Amy and was tired, so I decided to go say bye to them at the bar and drive home.
Even though I got borderline annoyed that they couldn’t make up their minds on a set plan and just wanted to wander around even though a couple knew that I tired easily, I guess I felt fulfilled and proud that I could do as much as I did on a beautiful day. The day was perfect weather – about 74 degrees.