I have kept you waiting to finally learn what happened on my birthday outing, well after the Chinese restaurant’s failure at providing a suitable table that would be of an appropriate height and their unwillingness in offering an alternative to what seemed like a wasted trip, my friend who in my eyes is a mix of fairy and miss fix it, went searching the other restaurants within the Shard for tables that were wheelchair friendly and to find out if they had an available table. Luckily she managed to find a place; it was an American restaurant with a much less rigid atmosphere to the Chinese one.
I am not very comfortable in big exclusive places; I guess such locations make me feel as an outsider, like it is not my world, rather a fake and pretentious atmosphere that lacks feelings. The tables were low and we had a big window opposite us that overlooked the whole of London – all I could think about at that precise moment was ‘is that what it is like to be on a flying rug that travels the world?’ and inside my head the Carpenters song was playing at full volume ‘I am on the top of the world looking down on creation….’ I could not stop smiling. I was sincerely happy and beaming. As a rule when out with my friend I have to try a new thing and move away from my comfort zone and so on this occasion I ordered two things that I have never tried; octopus which to my great surprise was very yummy, and another dish that consisted of humous, aubergine and cheese which was also quite nice.
I returned home feeling very blessed and fortunate, full of hope and ideas; I have developed a great hunger for achievement and eagerness to do so many things. But most importantly I had this deep feeling of content.
This was the first part of my friend’s birthday surprise, the second was an afternoon tea at a new and quirky hotel with a group of friends, again I was oblivious to what or where we were going and did not expect all of those people to actually come, then everyone sang happy birthday to me and I blew the candle with help from my friends as I don’t have enough strength, and yes of course I made a wish but not going to share it with you Dunia.
I am joking, I just wished that the happiness I was feeling never ends.
That week I realised many things that are too long to list, but I came across this anonymous poem which magically expresses everything that was filling my head and soul:
We look to the universe for answers we seek,
but the answers are closer than any of us think.
There in all we see, if you just look around.
and in a close friend they can be found.
I’ve been down so many paths,
and around so many rivers all dead ends.
I found and lost so many friends.
I’ve been from shore to shore;
now I’m on the road, I’ll wonder no more.
People are put on our paths each and every day,
some to help others to get in the way.
Some are complicated beyond belief,
others are there for some relief.
others there to bring you grief.
Some are there to help you grow.
The difference is for you to know.