My Rant

I don’t even know where to start my rant. I would normally do this as a business tip, but I’m not feeling that right now. I do want to say though I love supporting others in their business when I can.

That being said. I hate feeling like I’m begging to give you my business. When I do give you my business I expect the same courtesy and business etiquette you give others, regardless of our personal relationship. Now I completely understand completions and delays. Still, that’s when communication comes into play.

I don’t care what race you are when it comes to business. Even with the economic situation today, that’s a non factor. I do enjoy visiting and using local businesses as much as possible. Even when I travel, my best friend will tell you, I enjoy hitting the local places, I even have a few favorite places I like to hit every time.

When I visit your business or use your service, I expect a certain level of service for me to return and/or recommend you to others. When I post my business review, it’s always based on that specific visit or service. Good or bad it’ll always be professional. That’s the way I like to receive my service.

Great service, I’ll send recommendations your way and more and likely use you again. Poor service I won’t ever recommend you or use you again.

Business Tip: Treat all your customers the same and professional. Be prompt and use communication as much as possible. If you are unable to serve a customer, tell them. Good business etiquette results in more business. Poor business etiquette results in less business.

My Heroes

Life has changed
Flipped upside down
Inside out
The precedent has changed
The things we took for granted
Has been taken away
What we use to depend on
Has been washed away
Stress has increased
Anxiety has doubled
The one thing that hasn’t changed
Is my family
The love
The care
The open hearts
It’s what keeps me moving
Keeps me stepping forward
When I’m stressed
When I need to cry
When I’m anxious
When I want to scream
When I want to give up
They are there
That helping hand
That uplifting voice
It’s always there
It’s the constant in my life
No matter what else happens
What else is going on
They are there
My group of
HEROES

Quiet Storm⚡ April 7, 2020

My Survival

I was scared
Shaking
Didn’t know what to do
Where to go
Who to call
I’m standing here in the cold
Shivering because of lack of layers
Nothing but t-shirt and jeans
Alone
Abandoned
Don’t know what happened
What went wrong
Thought we had something special
Then you left me
Left me in the cold
All I could think about was you
How could you do this
I knew I needed to move on
Needed make my next move
Still
All I thought about was you
Thought about this abandonment
Then the cold wind
Slapped me in the face
Made me realize I could die
My focus was on you
Not on me
Not on my survival
But
On you
I wanted to live
Wanted to see the next day
The next sunrise
But
I kept drifting towards you
Had to turn away
After all
You
Left
Me
You didn’t care me
But I care about me
So I must dispel you from my thoughts
From my heart
From my memory
A new life
A new adventure
Begins

NOW

Quiet Storm⚡ April 6, 2020

Happy

I cared about you once upon a time
I wanted to give you my all
Felt like you were my everything
Like you were the one
Loved you so much
Too much
Loved you more than I loved myself
Didn’t completely understand
The feelings
The emotions at the time
Just knew something had to change
Then I realized something
I forgot who I was
What kind of person I was
I was so devoted to you
I forgot to be devoted to myself
No longer could I describe myself
Wasn’t sure about what I liked
Had become accustomed to yours
Everything was about you
How you wanted to be loved
How you felt
Never if you loved me
Never if you cared enough
Now I must break away
Leave you where you stand
It’s time
Time to redefine me
Redefine who I am
How I should be loved
What I need
What I want
It’s that time
Time for me to be
Happy

Quiet Storm⚡© April 5, 2020

My Friend

Sure
I know
I understand
I didn’t let you know
Didn’t tell you enough
Just how much you meant
How much of a friend you are
How much I value our friendship
I get it
I understand
I’m sorry
I apologize
Please understand
There’s no one that will
Replace what we have
The bond
The love we built
Is one of a kind
We’ve stood together
Through thick and thin
We’ve remained close
Through the test of time
Taking you for granted
I regret the most
Thank for being my friend
Thank you for always being true
Thank you for sticking around

Quiet Storm⚡ © April 3, 2020

A Better Way

I don’t have to cause a revolution
I don’t have to be the movement you seem to look for
I didn’t grow up in the hood
The projects
Grew up around the world
As a military child
Spoiled
The military brat
That’s me
But
That doesn’t mean I didn’t struggle
That I don’t have to worry
That greed of others
Don’t affect me
Didn’t affect me
I’m still human
Still have feelings
Sometimes it bothers me
Other times I let it go
I try to keep it real
But keep it light too
Life is a roller coaster for sure
No need to make bad times worse
No need to fight against everything
Sometimes it’s best to chill
To relax
Let go
So because I don’t always
Scream
Fight
Argue
Doesn’t mean I don’t care
Doesn’t mean I’m immune
It just means
There’s a better way

Quiet Storm⚡ © April 2, 2020

Stay In Your Lane

You looked at me
Then still asked
I tried to be polite
But that didn’t matter
I wanted to keep it cordial
Still that wasn’t good enough
So now I stand here
In front of you
Toe to toe
Letting you know
In no uncertain terms
Just exactly what my thoughts are
What I’m thinking
How I’m feeling
Don’t try that social distancing now
It didn’t matter before when
You decided to step to me
Please hear me
Please understand me
I don’t like you
I don’t personally care about you
So you’re feelings are hurt
Look me in my eyes
Does it seem like I care
You want to be bad
Then jump boo
Otherwise sit down somewhere
And stay in your lane

Quiet Storm © April 1, 2020

TKR 3 Months Post Op

I’m just my 3 months post op appointment last week. This journey has proved to be different than the last one. Not worse, just different. I know my doctor said each surgery is different and acts different.

One major thing that I’ve noticed at this point is that my knee is stronger than the other one was at this point. However, I did go back to work and on the second day my entire leg gave out. Still, it is not accruing like the other. So I still think that’s a plus.

My bend is also better. I’m at 118° bend. They want you to be at 120°. My other knee only reached 113°!!!! Another thing that’s better is the fact that nerve sensitivity is not nearly as bad as last time!

There are a few down points. This time I seemed to put more strain on my shoulder. It was so bad I had to do PT on my shoulder too. I also had to get some steroid pills for a little bit of inflammation on the back of my knee.

So, overall, I still think this one was better. Could have been the pre surgery exercises, more knowledge or both.

If you are having issues, don’t be afraid to address it with your Dr as soon as possible. Follow all the Dr instructions. You are not the Dr. If you are planning to have surgery and still concerned, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. Most importantly, don’t compare your journey to someone else. Your body is different. You will heal differently. Suggestions are great, especially when it comes to come best practices. Ultimately your doctor will be your best resource.

I have 9 more months until I’m completely healed. I’ll definitely be back for more updates between now and then. If you have questions don’t be afraid to ask!

Photo Challenge – Sunshine

This year I decided to do a different photo challenge. Granted I started late, but it’s all good. This first week challenge is “Sunshine”.

This one was taken in South Carolina. It was a cold and sunny day.

This was another cold day. So cold I didn’t want to step outside!!!!!

Another cold morning here in South Carolina!

Hanging out in Columbus, GA.