Skeleton

As I breath in
I try to inhale the summer
I try to exhale my anxieties
My fears
My insecurities

I try watching ASMR videos that are supposed to calm a soul down
For hours before I drift off
Into a dream of nothingness
But with a million Lucifers shaped into the people I love
Crawling through my eyeballs

The dreams reek of darkness
The shadows pull me down
Till my skin dissolves
And my body dissipates
And all that remains
Not a memory
Not anything
But a skeleton

Reminiscing

I remember the time we had just started talking, chatting on Facebook. You were there, everywhere! And on that particular day in question, you were insisting me to meet you. It was as if something took over you. You wouldn’t have no for an answer. Well, I was scared to death since we had not met before in person. Yet, it was a good kind of scared. I was hanging out with my friends outside our college when you came out on your bike, CBZ star. You were perfect. Swooped in like a knight on your motorcycle, asking me to hop on. And boy, did I hop on?! Without even thinking twice, I sat behind you. There was this strange electricity. I know, cliché, right? But let me tell you, it does exist! It ran through my fingertips and I held myself back trying not to hold you as the wind whooshed my hair backward. That was the first time I rode behind you, just oblivious to how many coming years I will be riding you, on you, and in love. 

Well, the next time it happened, it was pouring. By then, we were pretty comfortable with each other. We were stuck to Facebook, not studying, not eating, just talking to each other like we would never get a chance to know more if we missed this opportunity. So, after an important college lecture, he was there, waiting for me. And just like that, he decided we must get wet and ride in the rain. Not use umbrellas or anything. Melting like wax, I nodded. I wore a deep green dress with a matching dupatta, and boy the dress was tight! The rain did not help at all. We rode together, silent in the downpour, past the salt pans and the villages to our place. 

It was a simple narrow roadside field, which when crossed, will lead you to a stream and palm tree fields. Once, a man even offered us fresh coconut flesh in actual coconuts. You would just see mountain ranges, as far as your eyes go. We lately spent all our mornings and evenings there. Our first kiss happened there. First hug, too. It was the place where I touched him and him, me. Back to where we were, the downpour! The first passion of our relationship. I felt hot. You made me feel like a Bollywood actress. The only beautiful girl you ever saw. I still remember how you tucked a curly strand behind my ear (yes, he’s romantic) and I fell for you then and there. As a kid, I’ve always wanted to be cared for. Yet, as you can guess, it didn’t turn out well. My dad, an overconfident loser; my mom, a teen who fell for a man 10 years older than her and eloped at 18. So yeah, with him, I felt cared for. He was passionate. He still is. He now refuses to go to that place. Apparently, villagers eyed us. Once, we were sitting on his bike, our crotches touching each other when suddenly I wanted to sit on him (with our clothes on, of course!). In that moment of passion, we forgot to look around, and there they were! A horde of village women carrying logs from the forest to their village, all eyeing us as if they would kill us. Once we were leaning, kissing and talking about nothing in particular, a woman shouted, “get married, kids!” Whoa, she broke our trance and we were blushing like teenage girls. Immediately, we packed up from our picnic spot and fled away. He then decided, if we were going to be married in the future, it’s not nice for us to hang out in a village full of skeptical people, no matter how beautiful the landscape was, and how freshwater flowed through the stream in every season. In 7 years of our relationship, we haven’t been at our place once, but nothing will be more magical than the place ever, and it will always be ours.

Content

And I’m here
And it’s not sun and roses
And it’s not butterflies playing hide and seek in my stomach
And it’s not spring or fall or me on cloud nine

But its home
Its me waking up next to him
And the familiarity of his honey brown eyes welcoming me into the day
Its his embrace that tells me about the stories I never imagined possible
Its how he holds me till all my fears vanishes in the eternity
And how he holds me up with his arms acting like my spine
Its how he tells me I’m the world and I’m his world
It’s him
And it’s home
And I’m content

Health & Fitness for Busy People

Guys, meet Shivani. She is a Team Leader for a content writing team. Shivani gets up every morning, gets ready for work, reaches her office in time, works efficiently, and comes back home tired. Shivani currently feels she is putting on a bit and weighs on the heavier side. What she doesn’t believe is that her sedentary lifestyle is presently making her obese day by day. 

Now it’s not hard to understand that busy people with 9-5 jobs find it pretty difficult to make time for working out and exercising. You can, however, maintain a healthy lifestyle and be fit if you take care of some things. They are:

Eat Healthily

Oh yes, now you may have heard it from everyone, but it’s the truth guys, eat healthily. Mostly, eat your greens. You must be aware of what you put into your mouth. Eat every 2 hours, in small portions. If you’re at work, you can find some protein bars like Snickers and Twix to munch upon. Try making yummy snacks like frozen overnight oats or mixed-berry smoothies. I would suggest you avoid dieting but eat protein-packed food.

Exercise

Now, I so wish I could exclude this section from the list, but alas, no pain no gain! However, I am not asking you to work out to get a shredded body. Just exercise enough to keep your body moving. There are many YouTube channels where you can find 10-minute exercises to burn your fats. You can take a look at the following channels:

  • Chloe Ting
  • The Fitness Marshall
  • NateBowerFitness
  • Roberta’s Gym
  • Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home

Your phone can be your best friend!

If you tend to talk on the phone for a long time, it may prove useful to you. Just walk it while you talk it! Walking briskly for 10 minutes can burn up to 50 calories. Imagine burning your calories while being on call with your beau! Now, this surely is a love-ly way to be fit, don’t you think?

Get a pet!

Walk your pet, play with it, train it, run with it! Getting a pet will surely help you burn your calories. Not just that, but your pet will make you laugh and relax too. Well, studies assert that relaxing after a stressful day at work will make you feel, if not physically, but mentally healthy and at peace. 

If anyone of you reading this starts practicing at least any one of the things given above, you can stay on the fitter side of the health scale. See you on the other side guys!