The Pros And Cons Of Falling Sick

It’s been days since I’ve fallen sick. It started out with a common cold which has now resulted in the worst cold I’ve ever had in my life until now. I can say that with confidence as I have a lot of experience with falling sick. Trust me on that one.

Growing up I was that kid who falls ill every other day. In these 365 days that make a year, around 60 days was when I was healthy – no exaggeration here. My immune system was a serious joke, I couldn’t even call it an immune system!
My memories from the age of 1 till 8 are all about me falling sick. During the days when I din’t fall sick, I used to feel really weird. I was so used to falling sick that the idea of feeling healthy seemed strange.

But not to worry now. My immune system does its job quite well now. I still remember in 4th grade when the teacher told me that I had full attendance I went, “What? Did this just happen?” My teacher had a really puzzled look on her face and maybe in that moment she thought I went crazy. I won’t blame her for thinking that.
It’s not like I don’t fall sick at all now. That’s never gonna happen. It’s just that the frequency rate is quite a bit low. I only fall sick when the weather changes and when I eat something my stomach still doesn’t accept in it’s land. And that’s so much better for me.

As you can see, a lot of my life’s experiences are related around illnesses. So since my body is still in recovery from this annoying cold which has given me a fever, a sore throat, a runny nose, a back pain and a head ache -all in the span of five days – I thought it’s a good time to share with you all some of my expertise. After all that’s why we are here, to share our pain with each other. When I know I can make you suffer by making you read this poorly written post then I’m not going to miss out on this opportunity. I suffer so you suffer. Muahahaha

Now falling sick isn’t all that bad. You do get a lot of benefits from this. And as all the wise people have said, we need to look at the positive side of the bad stuff happening to us which will help us find a way through it all. They din’t exactly say this but I’m pretty sure it’s something along these lines.

So now you and me are going to go through the pros of falling sick :

1. The Royal Treatment – Since you are incapable of doing things for yourself, the people around you readily do it for you. This obviously means that you have to do absolutely nothing. You can just lay in bed and ask someone to pass you the book that is in the shelf near you, and they will come running from the other room to do just that. It’s the perfect time to be lazy.
2. Getting to sleep the day through – We everyday complain about how much we lose out on sleep because of our hectic schedules. Even the weekend sometimes gets too cramped up with so much to do. Since our body is already too weak, you can easily go to sleep without any fuss. Nobody and nothing is going to disturb your precious sleep.
3. All the food you want – You get to eat a lot of food and no one is going to complain about that. Whatever you want, you get it. From soup to cake – everything. Except cold stuff. Why would you want something cold in the first place? Aren’t you ill? Oh wait….you can’t eat everything. Few exceptions can be made right?
4. Temporary leave from the horrid places – You get to take leave from wherever it is you’re supposed to be. Either the office or school. You’re free! And when you go back, you have a whole new energy inside of you. Let’s be honest, it’ll get drained out the minute you set foot into the place again – but let’s leave that out right now.
5. Unleashing the anger 
– Do you know about all that anger which you have been suppressing inside of you from the past months (or maybe years)? The ones that were caused by either some nagging relative or by that annoying colleague at your work place? You never are able to let it all out but looks like the golden opportunity has now arrived. You can let all of your anger out on basically anyone without worrying that you are going to upset them. Why? Because they know you are sick so they are going to forgive you. They won’t even take your outbursts seriously. Such a relief for you isn’t it?

 

Now we need to get to the darker side of all this. The negatives of falling ill are a lot. Like a lot. So let’s get to them now. Together of course. I’m not leaving you now.

1. Life sucked out of the body – That cold has eaten up every bit of life that remains in your body. You forget what walking feels like. Do not even talk about the energy levels. They are at a whole new level of low. Wait a minute. What is energy? I don’t remember feeling energetic. Are you saying I used to be energetic once? That was a lifetime ago mate.
2. Plastic surgery might be a requirement – At least that’s what you think. Your face is discolored. You’ve actually become pale and if your friends visit you then they are going to crack jokes about how you may have turned into a vampire. In a matter of days you feel like your face has changed shape. You look at yourself in the mirror and scream, “That’s not me! Who is this person? That’s not meee!!”
3. The weird feeling of being tired – Feeling tired is the weirdest feeling ever you experience when you’re sick. Why? Because how in the world can you get tired by doing absolutely nothing? You’re just laying in bed and now you’re tired? What is happening?
4. Losing out on sleep – As I said in the pros – you can sleep to your heart’s content. But somehow you just can’t. This is the only opportunity for you to sleep but your body refuses to do so. You’re so sleepy but still you can’t sleep. You try all sorts of things to fall asleep but everything goes to waste.

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5. The death of the beloved taste buds – You can eat anything you want but what’s the use when you can’t taste anything? Your favorite cake tastes bland. Pizza tastes like plain bread. Food isn’t food anymore. This is so cruel! I’m just going to sit by myself here and cry …..
6. Anger level = Hulk – Every little thing angers you. Even if you drop a drop of water you are going to get so angry you could punch a wall. You are not going to be able to get through the day with a straight face. You are not going to be happy. The only emotion you feel is anger.
7. Horrible tasting medicines – Do I really need to explain this?
8. Talk no more – I talk a lot. Really, really a lot. And this one hurts me a lot. I lose the ability to talk even when I get a slight fever. If I even try to talk, then I get really tired. If I have a sore throat then I lose my voice which is the most frustrating thing in this whole world for me. I want the ability to express myself through my voice. I need it!

By the looks of it, the cons outweigh the pros in this case. So here’s the lesson people – even if the good side seems brighter, do not fall sick. I repeat, don’t fall sick. It’s the most torturous thing in this entire universe. Try your level best to avoid getting hit by those bacteria that take over your body and make you feel less human.

And if your efforts to stay away from this situation fails miserably and you end up falling sick, then I’m here for you.

What are somethings that you experience when you fall sick?

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Types of people you come across in train rides

To travel from one state to another, here people normally use trains rather than airplanes as it is much cheaper. And since we travel to far off distances, we spend a night in the train or maybe more. When one does spend so much time here, you are forced to be around people. And if one bears similarities to me, then they will start observing all these various people, judging them and classifying them in certain groups.
Well, I’ve just done that. So here it is!

1. The ‘I know everything’ people – These are the people who think they know how a train functions while in reality even though they travel a lot, they know nothing. Absolutely nothing. But they don’t seem to accept this fact, so they keep bugging fellow travelers with obvious facts. One such person told me, “Do you know that we will reach at 10 AM?” Everyone knows we will reach at that time, because our ticket says so. But this person was determined to show how stupid he is.

2. The party animals – These people are generally in groups and think that the entire train is their party station and now they will start partying. They’ll start playing songs out loud, talk loudly and even dance. If they play good songs then obviously no one would mind, but these songs are crappy and their dance is horrifying. And so the torture on us begins.

3. The lost one (This one is me) – Mostly these are the people who ride such kind of trains for the first time, which in turn means they don’t know anything. Everything is so new to them that they don’t know what to do. But this isn’t only the ones who go first. This could be your 50th train ride, but you still don’t know what goes where and what to do. You’re just….lost!

4. The athlete – This person can’t sit in one place and will keep jumping from one seat to another. Not the normal jump but the ‘high’ jump which means jumping over everyone’s heads. Yes, heads.  They can qualify for the Olympics if they want. But I guess they can’t because you can’t jump over people there.

Or maybe they can’t qualify because they jump like this?

5. The gadget freak – Obsession with gadgets is quite fine, but not to such a level that you need an entire seat just for it. This person carries all the gadgets known to mankind with them. Any gadget you know, they have it. They won’t sleep, because they are busy taking care of all the gadgets they have. Taking one out, using it for 10 minutes and then taking another one out of their huge bag to do the same is what they do the entire trip.

This is how they look like.
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. Ah well.

6. The story tellers – These are the people who have any sort of story ready with them. Do you want to hear a horror story? A love story perhaps? Maybe a story about travel? Then you know whom to go to. Any story you want. they will readily tell you. Well they’ll claim it to be a story about what you’ve asked, but it will just be about them in reality. Sorry guys.

7. The filmy kind – In Bollywood movies, most of the time a girl and a boy meet in such kind of trains and then they fall in love and all that crap. The person they meet is their ‘true love’ and then they’ll get married in the end of the movie and will live happily ever after. So here in this world, we have many people who love watching these hopeless romantic films and somehow feel that they will also meet their ‘soul mate’ in such kind of train ride. We know that this isn’t possible, but can someone explain to them that this doesn’t happen? Because every train ride of theirs is actually just an attempt to find their true love.

This is a still from a famous Bollywood movie, which started all this.

8. The ‘professional photographer’ –  Notice the single quotes in the title? Yeah well that’s because this person THINKS he is a professional photographer when in reality he doesn’t even know how to click a picture. I’m pretty sure of this because this person takes pictures of the train, the seats and tries to take a picture of the view outside but fails miserably. I even saw a person clicking a picture of a plastic wrap. What sense does taking photos of such absurd things make?

9. The lazy ass – This person will just lay down on the seat and do ……. nothing. They’ll just be lying their and in some cases be listening to music or maybe reading a book, but otherwise they’ll be idle. You will never see them walk around, or even sit up. They will just be, there. There is nothing you can do to make them get up. Nothing.

10. The over-packer – This person carries their entire house with them while travelling. Name anything and they will have it with them. A thousand toothbrushes, a map of the world, toys for babies (even if this person doesn’t even have a baby) and a guide on how to survive the apocalypse are just a few of the things they carry with them.

So there you go. This is how I classified the people I traveled with in those two rides. While some of them were fun to be around if I speak honestly, the others made my trip more uncomfortable and annoying.

Have you come across other types of people? Which one of these groups do you find yourself in?

Normal is not how I roll

Lately I have been observing my behavior and reactions with different people and I realized something which I should’ve known earlier.

Before you jump to conclusions, yes I did say observe. I do that a lot. I can assure you that I’m not crazy. We all have weird characteristics right?

Back to the point now. As I said, I learnt something about myself which I somehow failed to know earlier. What I’ve just come to know is that…

*dramatic pause*

I go to the extremes of my emotions. Like extremely extreme. I don’t have a balance. My emotions and characteristics never find the middle path. They are always either on one extreme or the other. Its like my brain doesn’t understand what ‘normal’ means.

Isn’t this your reaction right now?

For a better understanding, I will now list a few of them :

  • I pride myself on my maturity. I’m really mature for my age and so I don’t speak or act like the others. Reasons why I’m called a grandma by some friends of mine. But whenever I try to loosen up, I immediately act like a four year old kid. I’ll start asking unnecessary questions and start bugging everyone. My maturity will vanish in thin air and nobody can stop me from making weird faces. I won’t ever be ‘normal’ which is the middle to all this.
  • If you are ever to see me, you’ll either see me with a smile or a frown. I believe I don’t have a straight face. Okay, I do have one but it only comes to play when I’m sarcastic. Other than that, I’m either extremely happy or extremely sad. I will either laugh at anything and everything, or cry and whine about every small little detail. You’ll never find me in between these extremes. NEVER!
  • I’m an extremely serious person. I will take everything seriously. Even a supposed joke at times. I think you can blame my maturity for that. But when I’m not serious, I’ll start neglecting everything and anything. Nothing is of importance to me, even the factors that really need serious attention. I’m way to care free and the result is always bad.
  • Being a foodie, I love food and that is the only thing good about my monotonous life. You’d think that this might be normal, but the fact that leads me to eat food (hunger I mean) isn’t always the same. Either I’ll be so hungry that I start hearing whales, or I’m not hungry at all so I won’t eat anything. Does my stomach have a normal day of balance between hungry and not hungry like normal people do? Naah.
  • I’ll either be thinking way too much, or I won’t think at all. This affects my daily life the most. I wonder why though….
  • There are days when I’m all grumpy and I will hate each and everything, and then there are days when I’m super hyper and I will even start hugging my chair. Are you expecting a normal day? Ah well, you’re wrong.

I don’t know if the above make any sense to you, because I seem to have just listed a few things in the name of ‘explanation’ but honestly they make no sense. I bet you’re more confused than you were before because I seem to be so right now. I even think a few points serve the same purpose, but then there is me who will type it anyway.

See? I told you I don’t have a balance in my life! I just rambled right now because I feel like talking a lot. Most definitely I won’t be talking at all tomorrow.

If there is a road that divides into three more roads which is one road to the left. one to the right and one to the middle, I’m more likely to either go on the right or the left one even if the map says to go straight. Because that is just how I function. And there is nothing I can do to prevent this from happening!

Maybe this post’s aim was to tell you all how weird I am, or it just was a long pointless post – that’s for you to decide. But the main point is, yes I’m weird and have characteristics that are maybe unknown to mankind, but don’t we all have that? You have it too right? Right?