But as one of my heroes, John Lennon said, life's what happens when you're busy making other plans.
And then....the mad hurricane-like winds hit my town, last day of November, definitely not something we're used to in mild weathered and laid back L.A. A YouTube clip showing the damage to my neighborhood aptly described the experience as "The Day God Sneezed".
|fallen eucalyptus tree blocking the road|
It was one of the only times as an adult, I was too scared to sleep. All night I heard howling wind, lightning, gravel coming off the roof and crashing into the windows, pots breaking, plants flying, trees falling, dirt being blown in through tiny cracks under doors and windows.
|blocked one-way street|
|Plants fell from upstairs|
|Fallen oak tree in the yard|
Many blocked streets and since the traffic lights went out too, it took a long time to get anywhere. Some houses were missing parts of their roofs, fences, patios and other extremities.
|Traffic during power outage - no street lights|
|Spoiled food from refrigerator - 1 of 2 bags|
|Curb broken after tree fell|
|tree roots uplifted from the ground|
So if one more person told me I was overreacting, I was ready to scream. I worked hard to fight the temptation to stay mad at the electric company. They did actually work around the clock despite the crazy amount of time it took to get things up and running again. We are told to prepare for 2-3 days without power after a large earthquake...
|Fallen palm trees|
During that time I was stressed out, cranky, demoralized and I remember thinking things couldn't get worse.
And...they did. In a way that nobody could expect. My family lost a loved one. My Aunt, my mother's beloved sister. It was sudden and she was young. We are all grieving and processing this information, so I won't go into more detail about it now.
The point is that things CAN be worse than whatever we are going through. And it takes these crisis situations to put the smaller tragedies into perspective and be thankful for what we still have.
|McDonald's closed due to power outage|
|Dismembered mannequin in Out of the Closet store window|
And those who suffered from the Japan earthquakes had it 20x, maybe 50x worse. How could this be so unnerving?
Given the events of early December, I've decided to temporarily simplify my life, reflecting on how fortunate we are to be safe and of course to honor the life of my loving Aunt.
|my yard - how it used to look|
Until then, be well.